University of Edinburgh
 

Promoting social inclusion of pupils with visual impairment in
mainstream schools in Scotland

Appendix II Questionnaire

This project is funded by the Scottish Executive Education Department through the Scottish Sensory Centre (May 2001 – March 2002). The aim of the project is to identify good practice in mainstream schools so that we can produce guidelines and suggest materials for use in primary and secondary schools. We want to identify the range of school-based strategies and initiatives that promote the social inclusion and social competence of pupils who have a visual impairment; to find out who is involved and what works.

We have been talking to a small number of pupils, parents and staff in 4 primary schools and 4 secondary schools in Scotland to find out about their experiences of school, to find out what they think works and what could be done to improve things. To be able to place these experiences in context, and provide an overall picture of what is happening in Scotland we are now asking every council in Scotland to complete this short questionnaire.

We realise that some good practice may well be implicit in the ethos of the school or occur through other activities such as PSD or circle time. We are interested in any examples of good practice, initiatives or guidelines that you are aware of in your council which would promote social inclusion/competence of pupils with a visual impairment in mainstream schools.

We are Marianna Buultjens (Scottish Sensory Centre), Joan Stead (Research Fellow) and Mary Dallas (RNIB – Family Services Officer). If you want any further information please contact Joan at:
Simon Laurie House
University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
Telephone 0131 651 6221
Email: joan.stead@ed.ac.uk

 

1 Name of Council_____________________________________

2 Position/address of person completing the questionnaire _____________________________

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3 Please indicate how many mainstream primary schools in your council currently have pupils with a visual impairment

0-3 schools tick box

3-5 schools tick box

5+ schools tick box


4 Please indicate how many mainstream secondary schools in your council currently have pupils with a visual impairment:

0-3 schools tick box

3-5 schools tick box

5+ schools tick box

5 Please tick if your council offers the following services to pupils with a visual impairment:

tick box Pre school home visiting service by a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI)

tick box Peripatetic support from TVI to play groups and nurseries

tick box Peripatetic support from TVI in primary schools

tick box VI Unit support in primary school

tick box Peripatetic support from TVI in secondary schools

tick box VI Unit support in secondary school

Other support (please list) ____________________________________

 

6 How is social inclusion for pupils with a visual impairment promoted in schools? (please tick all appropriate boxes)
Through whole school approaches, for example …

tick box Ethos Network

tick box Positive behaviour

tick box Anti-bullying strategies

tick box Anti – racism strategies

tick box Circle time

tick box PSD

tick box Participation in Pupil councils

tick box Participation in Peer support schemes

tick box Participation in Buddy schemes

Please give examples/comments ___________________________

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7 Does the council provide transport and/or other funding for pupils with VI to attend the following activities?

tick box Participation in ‘after’ school clubs/choirs/orchestra/drama groups etc.

tick box Participation in class/school outings /residential trips

Please give examples/comments ___________________________

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8 How is social inclusion for pupils with VI monitored in schools?

tick box Through target setting/IEP’s

tick box Termly reviews: in school with parents

tick box in school with parents and pupil

tick box Annual reviews: in school with parents

tick box in school with parents and pupil

Other/comment ____________________________________

 

9 Are there other professionals visiting the schools who may contribute to the social skills/inclusion of pupils with VI?

tick box Speech and language therapists

tick box Social workers

tick box Peripatetic VI support

tick box Other

 

10 Does the council work in partnership with other agencies to promote the social inclusion of pupils with VI? eg:

tick box RNIB Description _____________________________________________

tick box Societies Description __________________________________________

tick box Voluntary agencies Description __________________________________

tick box Other Description _____________________________________________

 

11 Does your council monitor its inclusion policy in schools?

tick box Yes

tick box No

If yes, whose responsibility is this? _______________________

 

12 Is social inclusion part of this?

tick box Yes

tick box No

If yes, whose responsibility is this? _____________________

 

13 What steps are taken if problems are identified/ issues need to be addressed regarding social inclusion?

______________________________________________________________

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14 Is there any social skills/awareness training in school specifically for visually impaired pupils?

tick box Yes

tick box No

If yes, who provides this? ___________________________

 

15 Is there any social skills/awareness training in school for sighted peers regarding their VI schoolmates?

tick box Yes

tick box No

If yes, who provides this? ______________________________

 

16 Is there any social skill/awareness training for school staff regarding pupils with VI?

tick box Yes

tick box No

tick box Don’t know

If yes, who provides this? __________________________

 

17 Would your council be interested in information and guidelines for promoting social inclusion of pupils with VI?

tick box Yes

tick box No

18 Would your council be interested in specific training of staff to support social inclusion of pupils with VI?

tick box Yes

tick box No


Thank you for completing this questionnaire.
Please return by FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER to Joan Stead in the SAE provided.