Val Jones, Managing Director and ASD Specialist Advisor

BSc (Psych-Hons), PGCE, PGCSE (Autism-Children), MEd

Val has been interested in the autism spectrum throughout her professional career. She has worked as an Autism Spectrum Advisory Teacher for over 16 years, initially for Birmingham City, and subsequently within Shropshire and vicinity. As a practitioner, Val aims to provide the best possible support for children and young people on the autism spectrum. She has written and delivered an extensive range of autism related training courses for school staff and other professionals, ranging from introductory courses to Masters Level courses. She has contributed to regional and national autism projects, including the AET: National Autism Standards (2012, revised 2016). As an Associate Tutor with Edge Hill University, Val has supported education professionals on a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses including the National SENCo Award. She is a research associate with the NFER and reviews assessment materials. Val has taught in mainstream, special school and autism specialist provision.


Jones, V. (2004) The efficacy of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) in developing spontaneous communication. Good Autism Practice 5 (2) 42-47. 

Jones, V. (2007) 'I felt like I did something good' - the impact on mainstream pupils of a peer tutoring programme for children with autism. British Journal of Special Education 34 (1) 3-9.

Life Through the Autism Lens - understanding behaviours of children, created by Val Jones, published by the Autism Education Trust, supported by the DfE.

Sensory Audit Tool for Environments, originally created by Val Jones and Ian Attfield, published by the Autism Education Trust, supported by the DfE.


National Autism Standards, now called AET Schools Autism Standards.  Autism Education Trust (2012, revised 2016)

The National Strategies Inclusion Development Programme Primary and Secondary: Supporting pupils on the autism spectrum. DCSF (2009)

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Training Policy and Framework.  West Midlands Regional Partnership (2006)


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