How do I know which school will be best for my blind or partially sighted child?

Many blind and partially sighted children are educated in mainstream schools, or in special schools that do not specialise in vision impairment.

Mainstream schools have a Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who will work with you to look at how your child's educational needs can be best met at school. The Sensory Visual Impairment service will support the school to ensure that your child has full access to the curriculum and broader school life.

We strongly advise contacting your local authority's Visual Impairment Teaching service for information about provision in your local area.

RNIB's SEN guide which can be found on RNIB's getting the right support - SEN and inclusion web page looks at the process around ensuring a child with special educational needs gets all the support that they need.

Guide Dogs offer expert, independent advice for those living in England to help ensure children with vision impairments are supported at school. They can also help you ensure that your child attends the nursery, school or college that is right for them. Guide Dogs also work closely with other charities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, to provide guidance and support around the education system. Further information can be found on Guide Dogs education support web pages.

In England, local authorities are required to publish a “local offer” describing what they expect to be available to local children with SEN and disabled children in the local area. RNIB have a list of all English local authorities with links to each local offer web page for visual impairment or sensory education services for babies, children and young people.  

Did this answer your question?

Related questions

Brought to you by