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Visual Impairment :
Special Educational Needs

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The views, interests and aspirations of the child and their parents, or of the young person

The SEN Code of Practice states that section A should include :


Details about the child or young person’s aspirations and goals for the future (but not details of outcomes to be achieved – see section above on outcomes for guidance). When agreeing the aspirations, consideration should be given to the child or young person’s aspirations for paid employment, independent living and community participation.

Details about play, health, schooling, independence, friendships, further education and future plans including employment (where practical).

A summary of how to communicate with the child or young person and engage them in decision-making.

The child or young person’s history.

If written in the first person, the plan should make clear whether the child or young person is being quoted directly, or if the views of parents or professionals are being represented.


This section can vary considerably. Much depends on information provided by parents, the child and the school/nursery. It is important that the information is accurate and up-to-date. In the days of statements the content was updated when the statement was reissued, usually at phase transfer, so we came across descriptions of 10 year old children which referred to being potty-trained !


Check that the descriptions and statements give a rounded picture of the child. Is there anything that is out of date, inaccurate or inadequately stated ?

Are the child's social environment (family and friends) accurate ?

Is his/her history/background correct ?

Does the child's personality come across clearly ?

Are all of the child's likes/dislikes, attitudes, aptitudes etc., accurately and fully described ?

Are his/her preferences, aims and ambitions fully described ?

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