University of Edinburgh

The Mainstream Journey - pupil and professional perspective (VI)

Presented December 2005


The journey through mainstream education for the child/young person with visual impairment is a journey with many twists and turns.

This course aimed to highlight some of those twists and turns both from the perspective of the mainstream teacher and the pupil. Attenders heard from a professional, a pupil and a parent who have recently completed the mainstream journey and a presentation of suggestions, which may help make this journey easier for all. The course also focused on how, in the mainstream setting, schools need to focus on the social and emotional needs as well as the academic needs with best practice examples.

Presenters: Janis Sugden, SSC/University of Edinburgh
Mary Dallas, RNIB Education and Family Services Manager
Alison Attwood, Knowetop Primary School, Motherwell
Joan Haston, DHT, Resource Centre for VI Pupils, Uddingston Grammar
Kerrie Brown, Visibility (Former Pupil Perspective)
Shirley Boyle, Stirling Psychological Service


10.30 am Introduction - Janis Sugden

10.45 am Mainstream Perspective from a Professional Point of View in the Secondary School - Joan Haston

11.30 am Former Pupil Perspective - Kerrie Brown

1.30 pm Emotional Aspects of a Child with VI in Mainstream Classes -
Shirley Boyle

    2.30 pm Overview - Mary Dallas, Alison Attwood

3.30 pm Course evaluation and close