downloadAmbitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, is delighted that one of its four college partners from the Finished at School programme have been short-listed for a prestigious TES FE Award.

The Department for Education sponsored Finished at School programme is led by Ambitious about Autism in partnership with Nasen and the Association of Colleges. In its current phase, it is delivering a well-received national staff training programme in regions across England based on the learning from the Finished at School  programme. To date it’s been delivered to over 400 professionals from FE colleges, schools and local authorities.

The programme explores how we can work with young people with autism and their families to ensure the best outcomes for the young people once they leave school. It focuses on the recent changes in the law related to education provision for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and what these mean for our practice. It works to build effective partnerships with other providers, to develop curriculum pathways and services that meet the needs of each young person, helping them to achieve their ambition to go to college just like any young person.

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive, said: “Huge congratulations to Gloucestershire College on being short-listed for a TES FE Award. Our Finished at School programme and training is all about helping more young people with autism to have a successful transition from school to college. We know that with the right support and opportunities young people with autism can learn, thrive and achieve and this programme brings together professionals from FE colleges, schools and local authorities to do this.”

Joe Baldwin, Head of Learning Support at Gloucestershire College said: “The Finished at School project enabled us to work with young people with autism, their parents and partner schools across the county, and collaborate with other services, to aid us in understanding how we could improve transition from school to college for young people with autism. The project has allowed us to develop tools and strategies to improve our support for young people with autism and make key changes to our environment to support students with social and communication difficulties to access college life.”

This phase of the programme will conclude with the Succeeding at College national dissemination event on 11 March in London. To book a place please visit or email

Gloucestershire College will find out whether they’ve won the award on Friday 22 April at a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.






Notes to editors:

  • Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School and Ambitious College we offer specialist education and support.
  • Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.
  • Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects 1 in 100 people in the UK. It affects the way a person communicates and how they experience the world around them.



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