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ASDAN centre scoops inspirational education provision award


A support unit for autistic students has won a prestigious national award.

The Cherrywood Centre, based at Benfield School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, won the category for ‘inspirational education provision – secondary and over 16’ at the 2016 Autism Professionals Awards, held at the Telford International Centre.

Students at the centre follow a highly individualised curriculum based on need. Learners take ASDAN courses including New Horizons, the PSHE Short Course and Entry Level Personal and Social Development qualifications.

When the centre was announced as a finalist earlier this year, Janice March, Cherrywood Centre Manager, said: “We find these courses very useful in supporting the delivery of social and life skills that are so important for our learners. Students also have access to speech and language therapy, rebound therapy and mindfulness."

Finalists included ASDAN centre Progress Care and Education, Lancashire, nominated for the autism accreditation excellence award and Adele Devine from Portesbery School, an ASDAN centre in Surrey. Adele was nominated for the Axcis award for achievement by an individual education professional.