New provider for vision impairment education services in East Lothian

Press Release | 09/09/2017

The Royal Blind School has been awarded the contract to deliver East Lothian Council’s vision impairment education service for the next three years.

Royal Blind School exterior This will be the first time that the Royal Blind School, in Edinburgh, delivers specialist education and support to visually impaired pupils for an entire local authority.

East Lothian Council logo Pupils with vision impairment between the ages of three and 18 will benefit from the new service provided by the Royal Blind School. The service will provide a wide range of support to pupils, staff and families in a range of settings across East Lothian.  

The key areas will encompass: access to learning through mediums such as Braille and large print, technology, independence, social skills, and transitions.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education at East Lothian Council, said: “East Lothian Council is committed to developing strong partnership working with the Royal Blind School to deliver an excellent service that will meet the needs of our children and young people with visual impairment.” 

Elaine Brackenridge, Head Teacher at the Royal Blind School said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver vision impairment services for East Lothian Council. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with our colleagues in East Lothian to facilitate inclusion for children and young people with vision impairment and to ensure that their potential is maximised.”  

The service will be delivered by Qualified Teachers of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment and other staff who have extensive experience in Braille.