a better education for visually impaired children



A request under the Freedom of Information Act to the Walsall Council for a list of mainstream primary and secondary schools in the area with facilities for the visually impaired drew the following response:

All schools in Walsall are thought capable of meeting the needs of suitably supported visually impaired pupils. The support is often technological and frequently additional human resources are provided as well and wherever possible children are placed, after consultation with parents, in their local neighbourhood school.

When a child in Walsall has a visual impairment, they are invariably  the subject of a Statutory Assessment of Special Educational Needs, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1996).

Advances in technology are now so great (for example CCTV systems,  audio recording et cetera) that children with visual impairments can be educated in their local mainstream schools, with appropriate additional support. Where necessary, independence training is provided through cooperation and liaison with the Health Trusts.

Very occasionally specialist placements have been used for VI children in residential schools. These placements are increasingly rare and there are no children from Walsall at such schools. VI children in the Borough are (very rightly) included in mainstream schools and educated alongside their peers.

Currently in Walsall 29 children have Statements of Special Educational Needs where visual impairment is the major identified need. 26 are educated in Walsall schools, two in schools maintained by neighbouring boroughs,  and one in a local independent school. (Pupil Level Annual School Census 2005)

In response to your specific request , in the context of the above response, a list of all Walsall schools is publicly available information and can be found on the Ofsted website at



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