RNC host free parent workshop focussing on EHCP

RNC students Keiran and Haydar sit at a table in a classroom, they are both reading from braille notes in front of them, holding their fingers over the tactile paper.

At The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), we are partnering with Shoosmiths Solicitors to deliver a free Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) support workshop in Manchester on Tuesday 24 November. The event will cover a range of issues currently faced by young people with visual impairments and their families to ensure that they have all the information they need to choose the right future for their child.


Gurvinder Kaur, Shoosmiths SEN Solicitor who will be running the free event, says “I’ve worked on a diverse range of cases concerning education and social care issues and it surprises me how little information people are given to make life changing decisions about their child’s options for their future. I would urge any parent, carer or family member to come along to this event to learn more about what children with visual impairment are entitled to.”


Former RNC student Haydar-Ali Ismail, 21 from Manchester, lost his sight aged nine as a result of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). At RNC Haydar achieved distinction*, distinction* grades in BTEC Business Studies and is now continuing his studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. He explains “I am glad that I was able to go to a specialist college, it was the right place for me and gave me the support I needed. RNC has enabled me to achieve more than just a qualification; I have been able grow in confidence and become more independent which were important factors for me moving on to university”.


RNC Principal, Mark Fisher, goes on to say “The introduction of the EHCP means that every young person with a disability has the opportunity to state what their future ambitions are, so actions can be put in to place to ensure that all their needs are met. At RNC, we are a specialist college for people with visual impairment and all of our learners are treated as individuals.”


The event will take place at Shoosmiths Solicitors, The HQ Building, Old Granada Studios 2, Atherton St, Manchester M3 3GS on Tuesday 24 November at 7pm.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please call RNC Enquiries on 01432 376 621 or complete the online booking form below to secure your place;



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