Starting Secondary School

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Applying for a secondary school place

Preparing for the first day

Once your child’s secondary school place has been confirmed, a meeting should be arranged between parents, the 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. This meeting should be arranged in advance to allow enough time to put any actions in place. 

Additional support 

Assessing your child’s vision

Before your child starts at secondary school, their QTVI should carry out a Functional Vision Assessment (FVA) to determine the best way to support your child’s learning. 

The additional curriculum

The additional curriculum provides specialist skills training in many key areas. It is usually made available during the school week, as a withdrawn session. The additional curriculum can be supported by professionals such as a QTVI, habilitation specialist or named teaching assistant. Progress will be carefully monitored and reported on.

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

Preparing at home

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To find out more about this support in your area please call or email us

0800 781 1444