FE News: New figures show attainment gap remains for vision impaired pupils

21 August 2018
Source: FE news

Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school. However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils.

The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that there has been an increase in the number of pupils with vision impairment who progress to higher education, training or employment. Overall 88.8% of vision impaired pupils progressed to positive destinations in 2016/17, compared to 85.2% in 2015/16. However, there remains an attainment gap compared to pupils without additional support needs, 94.9% of whom move on to positive destinations.

The charity has also expressed concern over the fact there has actually been a reduction in the number of vision impaired pupils progressing to Further Education. In 2015/16 35.9% of pupils with vision impairment progressed to Further Education, but for 2016/17 this number fell to 32.2%.

Responding to the figures, Mark O’Donnell, Chief Executive of Royal Blind said:
“We welcome any improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils progressing to positive destinations after school, but these figures show that while the attainment gap with their fully sighted peers has narrowed it has far from closed. Nor do they show the gap we know exists in equipping vision impaired pupils with the life skills they need to maximise independent living.”

Full details on the FE News Site

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