My child is moving to secondary school, but there are no plans in place. What should I do?

It’s important that 'transition' planning to move your child into secondary school starts at the end of Year 5 or early in Year 6 (end primary 6 and start primary 7 in Scotland and NI). Depending on local arrangements, you may be required to make an application to secondary school early in Year 6. So starting transition planning in Year 5 can be helpful.

The new code of practice says that if your child has a vision impairment, a Qualified Teacher of Visually Impaired Children (QTVI) must be consulted before educational advice or information is given to you. The QTVI will be able to advise you about asking for the kind of support that will benefit your child at secondary school.

This might include:

  • How your child can access material from a distance, such as the whiteboard
  • The modifications necessary to ensure worksheets and text books are in the correct size, font, colour, spacing, or if needed, in braille or electronic format
  • Input from a Habilitation/Mobility Officer to learn routes around a new school
  • Where support staff time needs to be allocated with clear identification of role, planning time with teacher(s) identified and when resource preparation is to take place
  • What teaching strategies are most effective to achieve access for your child
  • What specialist equipment is needed to ensure access in different curriculum areas, such as PE or science, including who will ensure it is in place
  • What information and communications technology or specialist equipment training for your child needs to be put in place (for example keyboard skills, use of specialist software and low vision aids)
  • Broader inclusion in wider activities – are specific strategies needed to support social inclusion and independence, including support from a Habilitation/Mobility and Independence Officer
  • Training delivered by the specialist Visual Impairment Service may be arranged
  • Good liaison should be set up to exchange information and knowledge, so everything is in place at the beginning of the term when your child starts their new school.

Further information can be found on our education and learning webpages. 

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