When visually impaired pupils need a helping hand

In recent years, the number of blind or partially sighted children in Scottish schools has doubled, yet there are fewer and fewer specialist teachers with the expertise to support them, leaving some pupils struggling in mainstream settings that are unable to cater for their needs, finds Emma Seith ➧

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When you open the door, you are going to hear the fan and feel the heat a little bit,” warns home economics teacher June Budd.

She is leading a lesson at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, in which three pupils are making pizza. They have made the pizza themselves from scratch and now it is time to cook it. However, 17-year-old Joe Carberry, who has been blind since birth, is reluctant. “I don’t like getting burned,” he tells his teacher.

“But I would not burn you,” she reassures him. “I don’t think I’ve ever burned a child in my class.” Through patient and gentle encouragement, Joe – who ...

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