A Hemel Hempstead primary school has received £50,000 worth of free IT equipment as it prepares for a technological shift in the curriculum from September.
Ahead of the change in schools to focus more heaviily on computer science and programming, Hobletts Manor Junior has seen 30 Acer Iconia tablets donated to its Year 4 pupils.
A 70inch Interactive Smart Board and a Smart Table have also been provided for their classroom, which will enable more visual and engaging teaching, while encouraging student interaction.
The initiative is supported by PC World Business – which has its head office on the Maylands Estate in the town – and not-for-profit schools company Herts for Learning, who are working with teachers and children at the school to support and encourage the use of the new technology.
The students are able to research themes, reinforce curriculum topics and practise key skills on their tablets.
Managing director of PC World Business Alan Ritchie said: “This coming academic year, technology will be more integrated within education than ever before.
“The new tablets, Smart Board and Smart Table that PC World Business has provided will help support the school adapt to the new changes to the curriculum, and provide pupils with access to the best technology. ”
Parents and governors visited the school to see pupils showcase the new IT equipment. Headteacher Sally Short said: ”I am thrilled with the new IT equipment and initial results are very promising.
“We have already seen positive impact in terms of attitudes to learning and progress data.”