Longitudinal Transitions Study

Thomas Pocklington Trust is delighted to have funded this unique study that has followed the experiences of the same group of young people with vision impairment from secondary school into further education and employment.

The research has provided an in-depth view of these students’ experiences and has informed policy.

The Longitudinal Study has been carried out by the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at the University of Birmingham.

The concluding findings from this study demonstrate that more must be done to ensure that young people with vision impairment have an equitable educational experience and that they are supported to reach their potential in life.

We have worked with VICTAR to produce policy reports on the findings.

Lost in Transition? The post-school experiences of young people with vision impairment conclusion report 2021

The Transition Experiences of Young People with Vision Impairment Key Findings Dec 2019 (DOCX, 90 KB)
Longitudinal Transitions Report 2018 (DOCX, 265 KB)
Transitions Briefing 1: Current settings and activities of participants (DOCX, 102 KB)
Transitions Briefing 2: Employment readiness (DOCX, 97 KB)

About the study

The study was designed in 2009 by a team from Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at the University of Birmingham.

Phase three commenced in November 2015 and is funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust until 2019. Previous stages have been funded by RNIB and The Nuffield Foundation.

Technical reports and briefings are available from these stages on the University of Birmingham’s website: www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/victar/research/longitudinal-transitions-study/index.aspx


Lost in transition? Supporting young people with vision impairment for post-school transitions, online conference 22-25 June 2021

The Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research at the University of Birmingham hosted an online conference to mark the conclusion of the Longitudinal Transitions Study.

Supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) , this  event provided an opportunity to learn about the findings from this research.  For over ten years we have followed the post-school transition experiences of 80 young people with vision impairment. This has included investigating the participants’ experiences in further education, higher education, apprenticeships, gap years and entering the labour market.

The event included workshops on a range of important topics relating to supporting post-school transitions – you can read our reports from these below.


Articles from the Lost in Transitions conference

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