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
As highlighted in step one, being a student who is blind or partially sighted may mean that you need some additional support at school.
The support you receive at school will depend on what your needs are. These needs can be identified and written down in the form of an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which can make it easier for you to receive the right support at school.
What is an EHCP?
An EHCP is a legal document which sets out your aspirations and the support required to enable the achievement of these goals during studies at school. They are basically a blueprint of what you want to achieve in your education and life and the support you will need to achieve this. It can be important because it means that your school will have a legal duty to provide the support you need. It also allows your school to access extra funds to pay for the support, making it more likely for you to get everything you need.
If you do not have an EHCP, it would be a good idea to contact your local authority (find the council where you live here) and tell them you would like an assessment to see whether your are eligible for one. This request will have to be made by a parent or carer.
If you already have an EHCP, it will need to be reviewed before starting secondary school. This process provides a great opportunity to take another look at what you want to achieve in your education moving forward and what support you will need to get there.
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'
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'
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'