A PARTIALLY sighted Barnsley College student met with a cabinet minister to explain what improvements need to be made for people with additional needs.

Digital T level student Tom Ashforth attended a round table discussion with David Johnston, minister for children, families and wellbeing, to share his experiences in post-16 education as a partially sighted student.

The event was organised by the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a leading advocate for blind and partially sighted young people.

Tom said: “I’m very happy that I attended the event so I could share my experience with the minister.

“We discussed the challenges faced by blind students when transitioning through their educational path.

“The event was insightful because I learnt about the challenges that blind students encounter and the many ways they have struggled within education and their different experiences and approaches.

“As part of the Thomas Pocklington Trust’s educational team I attend monthly meetings on two projects a year and attend many roundtable events with different governmental departments and ministers, in the hope to shape education for the better for other students.”