How can I make sure my child is getting the right support in school?

The advice from the Sensory Visual Impairment Service is essential in providing your child’s school with information on how best to support their visual impairment and to ensure that they have full access to the curriculum.

If you feel this is not in place, you could request a meeting with the Special Needs Coordinator (SenCO), Visual Impairment Service and the class teacher or Head of Year. Ask for a copy of your child's record of progress or plan for support. The record should reflect the Visual Impairment Service's advice with clear actions as to what should be put in place and who is responsible for it.

Your child's input can be very powerful - get them to record or write down their concerns. If you have ideas about steps that would improve your child’s situation, or solutions, do suggest them as this can be a positive contribution.  If they use software or equipment at home that may be of benefit in school, a short video of this may be helpful. 

Not all of your suggestions may be possible, but it will help to start conversations about improvements. Ask for a review after a few weeks to check on progress. Take notes and write up what was agreed, and send them to all those present at the meeting. If necessary copy in the Head Teacher and the Local Authority.

Further information about statutory support for children and young people can be found on RNIB's Getting the right support - SEN and inclusion webpages.

Further support and Guidance

If you live in England and need further support and guidance, every Local Authority must provide an Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) for parents of children with special educational needs in the event of questions or problems. You can find your nearest service on the IASS website:

Guide Dogs also provide an education support service which can give you advice about rights for children with sight loss in education which can be found on Guide Dogs children and young peoples services and support webpages.

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