Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired


In the Psychology department, we start at the beginning and build on the basic ideas and theories in order to help students develop a good understanding of human behaviour.

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

  • The visual nature of some topics
  • The need to understand and interpret graphs and tables
  • The need to read large amount of information to support the work in the classroom
  • Lack of the incidental learning which is acquired through sight

Head of Department:

Sarah Mason, Psychology Teacher
Ms Sarah Mason

Examples of adaptations for vision impaired students

  • There is flexibility in the options which can be taught allowing a choice of topic areas that are more accessible to our students and which allow the students to engage more with the subject.
  • Students will be involved in planning and conducting different psychological research tasks to help them grasp some of the more difficult methodological concepts involved in carrying out psychological research.
  • Structured work on developing research skills using resource banks of large print, Braille and electronic materials.
  • Use of tactile diagrams e.g. graphs and tables.
  • Textbooks in large print, Braille and electronic versions are available.


A Level:

  • Eduqas: Psychology
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