Our research on education, children, young people and families looks into the accessibility of exams, education attainment and provisions of educational services.
Participation of disabled children in inclusive education is now well established in policy and practice. However, evidence shows that the quality of provision is patchy, that learning materials are not consistently made available in alternative formats and that a drift towards generic services is depriving blind and partially sighted children and young people of specialist support.
- There are over 25,000 children with a vision impairment aged 0 to 16 years in the UK, and an additional 15,000 children aged 17 to 25 years.
- Around 2 in every 1,000 children in the UK has a vision impairment.
- Around 50 per cent of children and young people with vision impairment have additional special educational needs or disabilities.
- Children with vision impairment have worse educational outcomes than those without a special educational needs or disability.
Research in this area includes the accessibility of exams, education attainment and provision of educational services by local authorities.
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In addition to the education research carried out by or on behalf of RNIB, there are some key external research reports that may be of interest.
Post-16 transition experience of visually impaired young people in England and Wales: Early findings from a longitudinal study
The British Journal of Visual Impairment recently published this article which describes a longitudinal study which is tracking the progress of 78 young people with visual impairments in England and Wales as they make this transition.
Oversight of special education for young people aged 16-25
Earlier in the year the National Audit Office (NAO) carried out a review of education and transition of young people with SEN, which RNIB contributed to. We also encouraged young people, and professionals, to take part in the consultation. The final report is now published.
International review of the literature of evidence of best practice models and outcomes in the education of blind and visually impaired children
This review, commissioned by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) in the Republic of Ireland, was carried out by researchers at the University of Birmingham and St Patrick's College, Dublin.
Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
This survey, carried out by Ofsted, evaluates the arrangements for transition from school and the provision in post-16 settings for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities up to the age of 25.