Starting primary school
In the UK, most children start school in the Autumn term (September) after their fourth birthday.
Applying for a primary school place
Preparing for the first day
Once your child’s primary school has been confirmed, a meeting should be arranged between parents, your Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) and any other key professionals working with your child (such as the Qualified Teacher of children and young people with vision impairment - QTVI) to develop a transition plan.
Early introduction to school routines
To help your child get used to some of the daily routines at school you may want to discuss and practice some typical activities and tasks.
Assessing your child’s vision
Before your child starts at primary school, their QTVI will carry out a Functional Vision Assessment to determine the best way to support your child’s learning.
Helping staff understand your child’s needs
Making the school environment safe
Some reasonable adjustments may be necessary to make sure the school facilities are safe and accessible.
Specialist equipment and resources
Specialist resources may include braille resources, sensory toys or assistive technology, such as tablets and computers.
Preparing at home
To help your child get ready for primary school, you could try encouraging some independence and self-help skills.
- Helping your visually impaired child learn at home
- Choosing a nursery, school or college
- The people working with your child
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- Primary school
- Secondary school
- Your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan
- Further education
- Higher education
- Self-advocacy for young people with a vision impairment
- The graduated approach
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