Smoothing the Transition from school

Posted: 11/02/2015 | Education

The Royal Blind School was a centre for informative discussion on the move from school into adult life, as parents, carers, teachers and speakers from many different organisations gathered for the successful 'Post School Transition' event.

Around 20 parents attended the day's workshops which included speakers from RNIB, Gillespie Macandrew solicitors, the Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living and Grapevine (Disability Information Service).

Information stallThe School Liaison Officer, Jonathan Cleland - who organised the event - said feedback had been very positive:-

"I think the day was a great success, and parents and carers made a lot of useful contacts and learned lots of information of which they were previously unaware.

I think also, having the chance to share their own stories with each other throughout the day was something people seemed to really appreciate.

There was a constant buzz of discussion and story swapping in between (and during) each session." 

One speaker shared her own first-hand experience of the transition process - former Royal Blind School pupil Jennifer Murray. Jennifer recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Spanish and has an inspiring story to tell.

After a packed morning of workshops there was a relaxed lunchbreak which gave everyone a chance to raise issues and share their experiences with other parents and carers, as well as talk one to one with the various experts on hand.

In the afternoon all participants came together for an informative workshop on the changes to the benefit system, self directed support, living and work choices - with the day rounding up with a question and answer session. 

One of the parents summed up the experience:-

“Lots of good advice, so glad that I came – everything about transition that I need to know. Also the afternoon session was brilliant”. 


For further information on the issues raised, contact Jonathan on 0131 446 3179 or