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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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The Visual Impairment Resource supports the inclusion at Highdown of students who have a visual impairment.

Students are included as much as possible in mainstream lessons, although they receive 1-1 tuition for additional skills such as Braille and the use of access technology according to their needs. The Resource aims to ensure effective learning and to promote independence by equipping the students with the necessary skills to achieve this on leaving school. 

Support offered to students includes:

  • In-class support
  • Individual teaching in the Resource Centre
  • Work in small groups
  • Adaptation of texts to large print, Braille, audio and electronic formats
  • Individual tuition in key skills such as touch-typing and Braille
  • A quiet working space
  • Equipment to enable access such as cameras, magnifiers and screen readers

Students are supported by a weekly visit from a QTVI (qualified teacher for children with visual impairments) experienced in inclusion within a mainstream setting, aided by a team of specialist teaching assistants. Students also benefit from access to a qualified children’s habilitation specialist and specialist careers advice.

Outside class students are fully included in any activities they wish to do, and also take part in activities for young people with visual impairments (recent activities have included a visit to an audio-described theatre performance and clubs for cricket and goalball).

The Resource accommodates up to 8 students who have an Education Health and Care plan for a visual impairment.

Please contact Mrs Arnold (Head of SENCO) if you have any questions or concerns. You can phone on 0118 9015800 or email  senco@highdown.reading.sch.uk.