Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired


The English department aims to create effective and confident communicators both orally and in the written form. 
We also aim to engender a love of literature in the students by studying a range of genres (plays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction) as well as developing imaginative and creative writing skills.

The challenge in meeting the needs of students with vision impairment include:

  • Accessing texts in appropriate format
  • Developing group discussion skills when visual feedback is not available
  • A lack of wider knowledge of the world which is often gleaned through sight

Head of Department:

David Hinds, Head of English
Mr David Hinds

Examples of adaptations for vision impaired students

A number of adjustments are made to our teaching to meet the needs of our students with visual impairment:

  • Small groups enable more personalised learning
  • Text formats – braille, electronic, large print – this extends to examination material whereby we work closely with exam boards to get the correct format for each individual student
  • Drama activities to aid collaboration and understanding – we collaborate closely with the Drama department to access a range of approaches
  • Use of dioramas, swell illustrations and artefacts to provide a more three dimensional experience and aid understanding
  • A large bank of audio books and podcasts to support learning
  • Using Audacity to create our own podcasts of stories, plays, speeches etc.
  • Theatre trips in conjunction with Drama

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a course of study that is aimed at being interesting, wide ranging and engaging, whilst helping them to develop into confident and effective communicators.
This means they will study Shakespeare, poetry (from Chaucer to the modern day), fiction and non-fiction texts, presentation skills, writing for different audiences and purpose as well as a participating in a Spelling Bee, Radio 2’s “500 Words” and Poetry by Heart.

We aim to make English fun!


Exam Courses from September 2020


  • OCR GCE English Literature
  • Eduqas GCE Film Studies
  • Pearson Functional Skills


  • AQA Entry Level for KS4 English
  • Years 10/11 – AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature

Entry Level

  • AQA Step Up to English
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