Step One: Know What Support You Can Expect

Your school has a duty to ensure that every student can access education opportunities. This includes students who have special needs or a disability. So, as a blind or partially sighted young person, if you need support to access learning  your school should do everything they can to meet your needs.

Here are some examples of how your school might be able to support you:

  • Provide class materials in formats that are accessible for you, such as large print, braille, electronic documents or even audio.
  • Ensure the school environment considers your vision impairment, for example adapting lighting, reducing glare from windows, or having clear pathways.
  • Ensure you are supported to navigate your way around school independently; this could include being taught routes to and from classes and adjustments being made to the school environment such as tactile marking on steps, braille notation on signs and doors.
  • Ensuring you can take exams and assessments in a way that is accessible to you. This may include having exam papers in an accessible format, having someone to read questions and write your answers, providing extra time and a suitable environment to sit the exam.

The important thing to remember is you should be supported in a way that enables you to do as well at school as your classmates.

The support you receive at school can be delivered by different people, including your teachers and other specialist members of staff. You can find out more about these different people on our ‘Understanding the professionals that are there to support you’ page.


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 Four: Understand How to Get Around School

Explore some ways to help you get around school as a blind or partially sighted student, with our handy navigation guide.

Find out more about 'Step Four: Understand How to Get Around School'

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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