Sophie Hall

World Autism Day 2020

This year’s World Autism Day comes at a time of uncertainty for many.  Today, more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of community.  The Autism Community Research Network @ Southampton (ACoRNS) would like to pay tribute to our early years, primary, secondary, FE and residential setting partners, all of the education practitioners we […]

ACoRNS to present 6 papers at international inclusion conference!

ACoRNS research will be very well represented at the Inclusive and Supportive Education Conference (ISEC) taking place in London from 3-5 August 2020. The conference will feature presentations from across the world, with a main theme of Closing the Research to Practice Gap. ACoRNS research aligns very strongly with this theme of course and so […]

ACoRNS partner, Hill House, receives ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted results

Our congratulations go to ACoRNS partner, Hill House, for the tremendous ‘Outstanding’ results they have received from Ofsted! Hill House’s partnership with ACoRNS is mentioned in their Ofsted report, noting that ‘they seek advice from beyond the school to support their work, liaising with other local experts and carrying out research through their link with […]

Digital Stories project extends to West Sussex

Hanna Kovshoff and Henry Wood delivered a session on the Digital Stories project at Horsham Nursery School, West Sussex on 29th January 2020. The ‘I am…’ Digital Stories are short strength-based videos that show who a child is, based on their interests and exploration. The session was attended by a range of Early Years professionals, […]

ACoRNS contributes to Parliamentary briefing on Autism

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has issued a briefing on Autism to which ACoRNS members contributed. The briefing provides a wide-ranging overview of the current policy state-of-play for autistic children, young people and their families and the issues that they face. The Education section highlights the continuing barriers faced by many families […]

ACoRNS invited to new Sussex network

Sarah Parsons, on behalf of the ACoRNS team, was invited to the University of Chichester on January 21st 2020 to talk about ACoRNS with a new research-practice network being established in West Sussex. The Pan-Sussex Autism Schools Network (PSASN) is connecting with the Pan-London Autism Schools Network-Research (PLASN-R), of which Sarah was a founding member. […]

ACoRNS included in the AET’s Good Practice Guide

The work of ACoRNS has been recognised in the Autism Education Trust’s recently published Good Autism Practice Guidance. AET says the guides: ‘… present the evidence for, and define and illustrate, eight principles of good autism practice to help education practitioners understand autism and develop effective provision in early years, schools and post 16 settings.’ […]

‘Keys to engagement’ paper published

Congratulations to former ACoRNS Doctoral student Chantelle Zilli whose paper has been accepted for publication in the prestigious British Journal of Educational Psychology.  The paper presents a case study where autistic pupils and staff members’ views were sought about everyday decision-making at school. There are some very powerful insights provided about how children can feel […]

Second ESRC Festival of Social Science for ACoRNS

The ACoRNS team was delighted to share our work again with the local community at our second ESRC Festival of Social Science event on November 7th 2019. Hilra Vinha and her wonderful students Martine and Poppy from Richard Taunton College hosted the event and made us all very welcome. Over 60 friends and colleagues from […]

Job opportunity with ACoRNS

ACoRNS is advertising for a part-time researcher to join the team! This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative project that is already making an impact in the local community. Working in partnership with the Aviary Nursery in Eastleigh, Professor Sarah Parsons (Education) and Dr Hanna Kovshoff (Psychology) have developed a novel methodology using Digital […]

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