School life

You have a right to be included in everything at school. It can be a scary time going back or starting school after your spinal cord injury, but we are here to support you.

We can help:

  • Your teachers and other students understand more about spinal cord injury
  • Support your school to make changes so you can get around school
  • Make sure the school puts in the right support to meet your needs, such as wheelchair access
  • Make sure the school listens to your voice, your opinions and experience

Our inclusive education toolkit has practical advice for you, your family and your school about returning to education.

You or your parents may want to talk to us about:

  • Help liaising with your school and the hospital as they prepare for you to come back
  • Supporting your family to communicate with the different professionals involved in your return to education
  • The support we offer parents, such as speaking to another parent through our mentoring service

It may feel like there are lots of different professionals making decisions about what is best for you and that can be overwhelming. You are the one who lives and experiences those decisions – so your voice really does matter the most!

“I just wanted to say thank you to you and everyone involved in the visit to my son’s school! I really do think that it has made them look outside the box so much so that yesterday’s PE lesson everything was altered to ensure he was fully included! This was done in such a way that the children were not aware of it!”

Alwena Appleton, parent

Young wheelchair user and friends at school


If you, your parents or your school would like to talk to us about what support we can offer, you can email our Schools Inclusion Coordinator Jo or call her on 020 8875 1805.