University of Edinburgh

Sharing Practice - Supporting Children with Low or No Vision in the Secondary School


Allman, Carol B & Lewis, Sandra (eds)
ECC essentials: teaching the expanded core curriculum to students with visual impairments
AFB Press, 2014
ISBN 9780891284987
Addresses the additional curriculum elements that visually impaired children have to learn in order to live independent lives, this includes curriculum access, assistive technology, mobility, independent living, social skills, careers and citizenship.

Arter, Christine ... [et al]
Children with visual impairment in mainstream settings
David Fulton, 1999
ISBN 1853465836
For teachers who are about to teach visually impaired children for the first time, looking at access to the curriculum and suggesting practical ways in which these difficulties can be overcome.

Cobb, Rory & Webb, Vernon
Well prepared: making exam papers work for learners with sight problems (2nd ed)
RNIB, 2010
ISBN 9781444500752
Guidance for teachers who modify examinations for candidates with visual impairment. Examples of modifications to exam papers are restricted to large print, however similar principles would apply to other formats, such as Braille.

HM Inspectorate of Education
How good is our school? Ensuring effective transitions
HMIE, 2006
ISBN 0705310795
Self evaluation for the effective transition of pupils between primary and secondary levels.

Holden, Carol & Cooke, Andy
Meeting SEN in the curriculum: science
David Fulton, 2005
ISBN 184312159X
Series combines SEN expertise with subject knowledge to produce practical and immediate support. Accompanied by a CD-ROM.

Lewis, Larry L
iOS in the classroom: a guide for teaching students with visual impairments (iOS 9 ed)
AFB, 2016
ISBN 9780891287353
Illustrated step-by-step guide for teachers to the accessibility features of the iPad using iOS 9.

Maths Focus Group
Unified English braille: guidelines for technical material
International Council on English Braille (ICEB), 2008
The purpose of this document is to give transcribers enough information and examples to produce Maths, Science and computer notation in UEB.

McDonald, Suzy
One of the class: advice, reference, resources
RNIB, 2000
ISBN 1858782813
Aims to inform and advise all staff in mainstream secondary schools about the curriculum needs of visually impaired children. Curriculum subjects (eg English, Maths, Science) have their own section in the folder.

Mill, Craig
iPads for communication, access, literacy and learning (iCALL) 2nd ed
CALL Scotland, 2014
ISBN 9781898042358
Guide to iPads for people using them with learners who have a range of learning and communication difficulties. Includes guidance on the basics, apps, accessibility options, preparing devices for exams, and the practicalities of maintaining and protecting devices within educational settings.

Salisbury, Ruth (ed)
Teaching pupils with visual impairment: a guide to making the school curriculum accessible
Routledge, 2008
ISBN 9781843123958
A key practical guide to making learning accessible for primary and secondary school pupils with visual impairment. Includes subject-specific issues: Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Literacy, Mathematics, Languages (MFL), Music, PE, Science.

Scottish Mathematics Group (VI)
Adaptations for the teaching and examination of mathematics for visually impaired and blind students
Scottish Mathematics Group (VI), 1998
Recommends adaptations to be used, including use of tactile diagrams, solid objects and specialist equipment.

Sharp, Brian
Meeting SEN in the curriculum: maths
David Fulton, 2004
ISBN 1843121581
Series combines SEN expertise with subject knowledge to produce practical and immediate support. Accompanied by a CD-ROM.

Whittaker, Philip & Logan, Vicki
Access to the curriculum for all: a FLaT funded project carried out in Scottish Borders schools between August 2003 and December 2005: a development to support the transfer of pupils with very significant visual impairment from primary to secondary school
Scottish Borders Council, 2006
Report of a project to address the needs of visually impaired children transitioning from primary to secondary level education.


Birmingham City Council
Successfully including children with a visual impairment in mainstream schools
Birmingham City Council, [2006]
Awareness materials for teachers of visually impaired children in mainstream classes. DVD video plus DVD-ROM supplementary material including: Checklists, eye conditions, environmental audit and adapted ICT.


Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Hear me out: blind and partially sighted children talk about inclusion, achievement and involvement
RNIB, 2009
Audio interviews with 40 visually impaired children about their lives. The CD-ROM can be played on a computer or on a Daisy player. Text transcripts are also available from the CD-ROM.


Clamp, Sue
Producing mathematics GCSE examination papers in large print and Braille
Spring 2005, No 43, p11-14
Adapting mathematics examination papers for children who require large print, modified large print and Braille.

Clamp, Sue & Snee, Paul
Equipped for access
Spring 1995, No 13, p21
Looks at equipment which will help visually impaired children to learn mathematics.

Cole-Hamilton, Issy & Franklin, Anita
Mainstream experience
Autumn 1997, No 21, p19-21
Secondary pupils with visual impairments (aged 11-16) were asked to discuss their experiences in mainstream schools, making friends and social activities.

Evans, Lisa
Mentoring teenagers
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p23-25
A "learning mentor" in a mainstream secondary school describes some of her work with visually impaired young people.

Jayapal, Miren
New beginnings
Jan/Feb 2008, No 13, p20-21
Newly qualified maths teacher learns to cope with a visually impaired pupil in one of his first classes.

Little, Julie-Anne
Sharing ideas (mathematics)
Mar/Apr 2013, No 44, p30
Some ideas for making a maths question about measuring angles accessible to visually impaired children.

Logan, Vicki
Technology for further study
Jul/Aug 2014, No 52, p36
Looks at how trialing technology can help find the right device for studying.

McCormack, Gwyneth
Provision calendar: no 1: Getting the Senior Management Team (SMT) on board
Mar/Apr 2009, No 20, p30-31
First of five parts on enabling the smooth transition from primary school to secondary.

McDonald, Suzy & Spybey, David
Mathematics for visually impaired students: Learning, teaching, supporting and managing
Summer 2000, No 29, p5-7
A review of a focus day held to discuss ideas, issues, strategies and projects to help in teaching mathematics to children with visual impairments.

McNaught, Alistair
Accessible technology: using Word
Nov/Dec 2010, No 30, p28-30
Offers advice on how to adjust Microsoft Word to improve accessibility for visually impaired users.

McNaught, Alistair
Assistive technology that doesn't cost the earth
Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p29-31
Advice on how young people with sight problems can use technology at home and in the classroom.

Minett, Steve
Science education for visually impaired students: learning, teaching, supporting and managing
Autumn 1999, No 27, p29-31
A report of a subject focus day to raise issues, discuss ideas, suggest strategies and prioritise projects about teaching science to visually impaired pupils.

Spybey, David
Maths resources: thoughts from a secondary school mathematics teacher
Spring 2005, No 43, p17-18
Looks at the equipment available for assisting visually impaired children to learn Maths.

Wall, Karl
Learning maths ... learning habilitation skills
May/Jun 2010, No 27, p10-12
Discusses how maths skills are linked with learning independence skills.

Whitburn, Ben
'A really good teaching strategy': Secondary students with vision impairment voice their experiences of inclusive teacher pedagogy
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2014, Vol 32 (2), p148-156
Consults children with visual impairments on the education they received in inclusive settings in mainstream schools.

Winberg, Annica; Ronnback, Anders; de Verdier, Kim
Inclusion in Swedish classrooms
Jan/Feb 2010, No 25, p32-35
Reviews more than 20 years of inclusion in Sweden and identifies the factors for inclusion that must be in place for successful learning to happen.