Young children's education
This section covers special needs education and inclusion, early years provision, and information on choosing a school and accessing the curriculum.
New legislation brought about by the Children and Families Act 2014, means that statements for special educational needs will be replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans. The principle of setting out what an individual child needs remains the same. Changes only affect families living in England and nothing will change until September 2014.
Content on this page refers to the system of statutory assessment and the statement process, which until September 2014, you can still apply for. We will be updating our content to reflect the new changes as they are gradually rolled out.
For more details regarding the Children and Families Act 2014 and the new Code of Practice visit:
Education is changing - Contact a Family: http://www.cafamily.org.uk/advice-and-support/sen-national-advice-service/education-is-changing/
Resources on the Children and Families Bill - Council for Disabled Children: http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/policy/sen-and-disability-reforms/key-documents-on-the-children-and-families-bill/cdcs-resources-on-the-children-and-families-bill
Special needs and inclusion
Our special needs and inclusion content explains how children with vision impairment can be supported in their learning. We have details of how your child's needs can be assessed, and the different ways that these needs can be met, for example by teaching assistants or through technology and adapted learning materials such as large print or braille. In this section you will find details of specialist teaching support, Statements and Education, Health and Care Plans.
Choosing a school
Our content on choosing a school contains details of the different types of school that can accommodate pupils with vision impairment, including those with additional and complex needs, and explains what to look for when you are choosing a school for your child.
Our early years section provides details of the resources you can use to support the growth and development of your baby or toddler from birth to five years, including the Early Support Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with Vision Impairment which is a key resource. This section will also help you to consider options for pre-school education, such as nursery.
Accessing the curriculum
Accessing the curriculum will link you to our Education Professionals section, which contains guidance about teaching and learning for children with vision impairment. This includes information about resources, research and policy, subject-specific advice, information about qualifications and exams and our events and training for education professionals.
Our School, College and University content talks about life after school, and will help in your planning about further or higher education, employment or the services and support that your son or daughter might need. This planning is known as Transition. You can download Bridging the Gap, which is our guidance about options and choices after school for young people aged 14-25.
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