University of Edinburgh

The Educational Transition Process for Visually Impaired Young People in Scotland

Presented on Wednesday 23 November 2005

School and Beyond
Preparation for life, the universe and everything else.

Dominic Everett, Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Resource Centre for Visually Impaired Pupils, Uddingston Grammar School

Education (Additional Support For Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.

Duties of local authority

  • To provide "adequate and efficient" provision for children with additional support needs (ASN)
  • All pupils to have a Personal Learning Plan (PLP). Some will require a Coordinated Support Plan (CSP ­ 1%?)
  • Aims to engage Social Work/Health in educational planning and funding.

Benefits of CSP

  • A statement of pupils abilities/attributes.
    Causes of ASN ­ physical / cognitive / social / emotional, etc.
  • What are the child’s educational objectives?
    What additional support is required to meet objectives?
    CSP is very specific - support is quantified.
  • Nominated placement
  • Named contacts – coordinator and adviser.
  • All support must comply with plan – legal hold over authority.

NB: No cash limit if in CSP!!

Preparation for life after school


  • No future needs assessment in penultimate year under new procedures. Annual Review as part of PLP or CSP.
  • 1 year - Duty to exchange information – Always practicable?
  • Duty to gather info. Of services / FE / HE / Careers Scotland / Work placement options.
  • 6 months – Duty to transfer info. To institutions / employers, about pupil’s ASN.
  • Finalised date of departure arranged.
  • When child has left school, duty to inform authority and other agencies.
  • General preparation crucial.
  • Daily living skills; social and communication skills; independent travel in and around school as well as at home.
  • Competent use of assistive technology.
  • Consideration of future direction at earliest stage – S.2. options

Preparation for life after school.

The Workplace

  • Parental involvement crucial.
  • Preparation from S.2/3 through PSE classes.
  • Careers Scotland; SEN Careers Advisor input at early stage.
  • Work Experience – advance preparation and evaluation necessary.
  • Full-time employment through self-placement.
  • Training opportunities - Skillseekers; Modern Apprenticeships; JIS (Job Introduction Scheme); WORKSTEP.
  • “Access To Work”.

Preparation for life after school.

Post-16 Education

  • Responsibility usually lies with the student to ensure that arrangements are in place - but parental and TVI support is vital.
  • To choose suitable establishment; course, etc.
  • Arrange visits / meet advisors.
  • Apply to individual colleges or through UCAS system.


  • Apply for funding for FE up to HNC through College bursary scheme – Maintenance; Study; Travel; SEN Allowances.
  • SAAS for HNC and above at FE colleges and in HE.
  • Disabled Student Award - Assessment of need required – provided by FE/HE estab. or RNIB.
  • Independent travel and living – mobility preparation over summer break.
  • Special equipment; exam arrangements.