In England, we offer expert, independent advice to help make sure blind children are supported at school, and that they attend the nursery, school or college that’s right for them. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, we work closely with other charities to provide information and support around the education system.
The education system can be very complex. Finding out how to get specialist support that will meet a child’s individual needs and assisting them on their journey from nursery to further or higher education can be daunting for parents and carers.
Our Education Support team is on hand to help children and young people with sight loss to get the best from their education. The support we offer is particularly valuable to help children and young people move smoothly and confidently from one stage of education to another.
We can assist with identifying a suitable nursery, school or college, and provide confidential advice around a child’s statutory rights. We explain complex terms and help with processes and forms. We’re also experienced at liaising with professionals on families’ behalf if needed.
The Education Support team give advice to professionals such as teachers and those involved in special education. There is also a close link to the Access Technology team who can advise about the most helpful assistive and adaptive equipment and to CustomEyes® large books who can provide large print books for schools.