Grant will improve classroom technology

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AUTISTIC pupils will get a boost in the classroom thanks to a cash injection.

Sunderland’s Thornhill Park School has received £9,611 from the North East Autism Society.

It will spend the money on equipment such as an interactive whiteboard, laptops and touch screen monitors.

Headteacher Margaret Burton said: “We’re all very excited about the difference this grant will make for our pupils, as it will further enhance learning and communication opportunities for them.

“We recognise that everyone is unique and autism affects each person differently, so the additional hardware will allow us to further refine our person-centred approaches.”

Mrs Burton added: “The introduction of touch screen monitors will broaden access to IT, and enable pupils who have been limited due to complex skills required to fully participate.

“In addition, the IT suites will reinforce work experience opportunities by bringing additional technology into the school environment where they can utilise the skills they have developed off site in preparation for work environments in the future.”

Thornhill Park School offers places for up to 91 youngsters at three sites.