Step Four: Understand How to Get Around School

Sometimes it can feel difficult to get around independently, but with the right training and support these challenges can be overcome.

Learning how to get around by yourself when going to school can have a positive effect on your confidence and independence. That’s why it can be really handy to learn basic mobility skills before you start school. This can include things like learning how to use a long/guide cane, using buses and trains and other independence skills.

Mobility specialist

This is where a person called a mobility specialist or Rehabilitation Officer for the Vision Impaired (ROVI) comes in. It is their job to train you in these skills to help you become more confident at getting around independently. To find out more about their roles, check out RNIB’s Encouraging Independence guide.

It is also a great idea to learn your route to school. Before you start, you could ask a parent or carer to teach you the route and practice it with you until you have learnt it.

Know your way around

It’s just as important that you know your way around the school as well. Make sure you ask someone to teach you where everything is, such as your classrooms, assembly halls, canteen, bathrooms, exits and entrances, and everywhere else you may need to go during school. You could speak to your Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (QTVI) and mobility specialist to arrange this.

Knowing that you have the skills and confidence to get around by yourself will make you feel like you are ready for anything when those school doors open on your first day!

Step One: Know What Support You Can Expect

Discover the ways your school can make your education as accessible as possible, and their legal duties to do so.

Find out more about 'Step One: Know What Support You Can Expect'

Step Two: Would You Benefit From an EHCP

Find out what an Education Health and Care Plan is, and the ways it can benefit your studies at secondary school.

Find out more about 'Step Two: Would You Benefit From an EHCP'

Step Three: Talk to Your QTVI

Find out why your QTVI is so important to accessing support at secondary school, and how they can help you as a blind or partially sighted student.

Find out more about 'Step Three: Talk to Your QTVI'

Step Five: Tell People About Your Vision Impairment

Discover the benefits of telling people about your vision impairment at secondary school, and how it can help you access the support you need.

Find out more about 'Step Five: Tell People About Your Vision Impairment'

Step Six: Know Your Tech

Find out how technology can be a game-changer when it comes to accessing your education, and resources to explore what technology is available.

Find out more about 'Step Six: Know Your Tech'
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