Starting Secondary School
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.
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 It is usually made available during the school week, as a withdrawn session.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
- Helping your visually impaired child learn at home
- The people working with your child
- Say what?! Jargon buster
- Your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan
- Choosing a nursery, school or college
- Primary school
- Secondary school
- Further education
- Higher education
- Self-advocacy for young people with a vision impairment
- The graduated approach
- Parent FAQs