SEND green paper: What we are doing

At Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) we are gathering information and evidence to better understand the experiences of blind and partially sighted students and how special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision is delivered.

We know there are barriers blind and partially sighted students face when trying to access further education (FE). We are collecting evidence to strengthen our calls to ensure all blind and partially sighted students can fully access their studies.

This work includes:

  • We have surveyed qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment (QTVIs) to hear their experiences and views on post-16 specialist support, what works and what doesn’t.
  • We have sent a Freedom of information (FOI) request to head of sensory services at local authorities to understand how specialist support services are delivered to post-16 settings.
  • On 29 June we are hosting a focus group of young blind and partially sighted people to find out about their experiences within education and what recommendations they would like to put forward. Watch this space for more information.
  • We are calling all professionals who work with young people over 16 with vision impairment, to join an online event we are co-hosting with NatSIP and RNIB, in which we will discuss the SEND Review and Green Paper consultation. Find out more and register here.

In partnership with RNIB, Guide Dogs and the professional association for the vision impairment education workforce (VIEW) we have written a statement outlining our joint position on the green paper.

We want to hear from you

If you have a view on education and would like to share your experiences, contact us at studentsupport@pocklington-trust.org.uk. Please leave your name, contact details and an overview of your experiences/ views and we will be in touch to find out more.

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