School life and planning ahead

School is a major part of a young person's life, not just for learning and gaining qualifications, but it also can be the starting point for friendships, hobbies and out-of-school interests.

SEN reforms

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:

Resources on the Children and Families Bill - Council for Disabled Children:

This section addresses the specific issues that may come up about being at school with a vision impairment, like adaptations for exams, or how to study most effectively. There is also guidance about starting to plan for life after school, most commonly known as Transition Planning.

In this section you will find information on:

Teaching young people with a vision impairment

There is also information about teaching young people with vision impairment, including subject-specific guidance in our Education Professionals section. You may find it helpful to review this yourself, so that you can influence the way your subjects are supported.

Through their eyes

A group of young people have made a short film about their experiences at mainstream secondary school.

Watch the "Through their eyes" video or read the video transcript on the Action for Blind people website.

We're here to help

Our Helpline is your direct line to the support, advice, and products you need to face the future with confidence. If you or someone you know has a sight problem, our specialist advice workers can help.

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