University of Edinburgh
 

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

Recommendations

Recommendations for HM Inspectorate of Education

Include issues of social inclusion, specifically those regarding pupils with visual impairment, in inspections of councils, schools, and peripatetic sensory services.

Recommendations for Scottish Executive Education Department

To bear in mind the recommendations listed below when allocating funding.

Recommendations for councils

  • To provide enhanced support for pupils with a visual impairment for the development of social skills
  • Social inclusion policies to be promoted and monitored in context of pupils with visual impairment.
  • Funding to be made available for time for TVI/class teacher/subject teacher communication.
  • Council policies and staff development on social inclusion issues to be monitored and evaluated.
  • Promote council policy on listening to children.
  • Encourage and fund opportunities for pupils with a visual impairment to:
    • 1 Attend after school activities and clubs
    • 2 Meet others with a visual impairment both locally and nationally
  • Foster collaboration with voluntary organisations in supporting:
    • 1 Social inclusion
    • 2 Social skills training
    • 3 Mobility training
  • Consult with children and young people on design of children- friendly playgrounds

Recommendations for schools

  • To provide enhanced support for pupils with a visual impairment for the development of social skills
  • Time-tabling for TVI/class/subject teacher communication
  • Review communication with parents
  • Ongoing Staff development/awareness training on VI issues
  • Review strategies for promoting social inclusion
  • Ongoing awareness raising with peers on VI issues
  • Review procedures for listening to children with a visual impairment
  • Consult with children and young people on design of children -friendly playgrounds

Marianna Buultjens and Joan Stead, with Mary Dallas.
April 2002