Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school.  However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils.

The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that there has been an increase in the number of pupils with vision impairment who progress to higher education, training or employment. Overall 88.8% of vision impaired pupils progressed to positive destinations in 2016/17, compared to 85.2% in 2015/16. However, there remains an attainment gap compared to pupils without additional support needs, 94.9% of whom move on to positive destinations.

The charity has also expressed concern over the fact there has actually been a reduction in the number of vision impaired pupils progressing to Further Education. In 2015/16 35.9% of pupils with vision impairment progressed to Further Education, but for 2016/17 this number fell to 32.2%.

Responding to the figures, Mark O’Donnell, Chief Executive of Royal Blind said:

“We welcome any improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils progressing to positive destinations after school, but these figures show that while the attainment gap with their fully sighted peers has narrowed it has far from closed.  Nor do they show the gap we know exists in equipping vision impaired pupils with the life skills they need to maximise independent living.

“Improvements in the number of blind and partially sighted pupils moving on to higher education, training and work are encouraging, but we are concerned about the number going to Further Education actually falling. Through our work in the Royal Blind School and Learning Hub we are aware there are concerns over the availability of specialist support available to vision impaired students in Further Education. We believe the Scottish Government should consider specific action in this area.

“We all want to see equality in education provision for vision impaired pupils and those with other additional support needs, but these figures show that while there are welcome improvements we still have a long way to give all our disabled children and young people the life opportunities they deserve.”

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Clinical Care Trainer - Surrey

As a Clinical Care Trainer you will be working across your allocated area delivering Clinical Care qualifications to learners in their workp...

Salary : Up to £26000 per annum


Adult Care Trainer - Kent

Connect2Care are looking to expand their team and are recruiting for an Adult Care Trainer [Trainer Assessor to join their Kent team At Con...

Salary : Up to £20000 per annum


Adult Care Trainer - Reading

Connect2Care are looking to expand their team and are recruiting for an Adult Care Training Consultant in Thames Valleys.

Salary : Up to £22000 per annum


Adult Care Trainer - Colchester

Connect2Care are looking to expand their team and are recruiting for an Adult Care Trainer to join their Essex team At Connect2Care, we giv...

Salary : Up to £20000 per annum


Adult Care Training Consultant - N/W

Connect2Care are looking to expand their team and are recruiting for an Adult Care Training Consultant to join their N/W team, covering Live...

Salary : Up to £22000 per annum


DAILY NEWS2

SOUNDBITES2

FE News give you the latest breaking news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation.

With exclusive peer-to-peer articles from Education and Employability Specialists, and our press release section you can view the latest press releases across FE, and see breaking news – even before it reaches a reporter's desk!

FE News also ‘shoot’ video interviews and news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page