Vision Support Team
Last updated: 25/11/2013
Add to My Bookmarks
Vision: To enable all
children and young people with sensory impairment to achieve their
What is visual impairment?
There are a wide range of visual impairments from severe sight
impairment (blind) to sight impairment (partially sighted).
They are diagnosed by an Ophthalmologist and can affect near
vision, distance vision or visual fields.
The implications of vision loss are different for everyone and a
wide range of strategies may be needed to enable our young people
to have equal access to the educational and broader curriculum.
- A specialist team comprising of:
- 4 Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired
- 2 Teachers of the visually Impaired
- 1 (part-time) Visually Assistvie Technology Teacher
- 2 (part-time) Mobility Education Specialists
We work with:
Children and young people (0-19 years) with a diagnosed visual
impairment in their homes, early years settings and schools to
enable them to overcome barriers to their education caused by their
- Specialist specific teaching for learners with visual
impairment (for example Braille)
- Specialist teaching in using assistive technology for our
learners with the most significant visual needs.
- Mobility and orientation training for our learners with the
most significant visual needs.
- Functional visual assessments, followed by written reports and
- Support and advice for families of young children following
- Training for staff working with our learners.
- Specialist advice on the adaptation of educational materials to
allow our learners equal access to the curriculum.
- Advice on specialist equipment which may enhance learning
- Statutory reports such as Statement advice, Annual Review
- Liaison with a range of other professionals from Health, Social
Care and the Voluntary Sector.
Making a referral:
Referrals are usually made to the Professional Lead by medical
professionals such as orthoptists and ophthalmologists.
Referrals from others can be made using the form below, but it
must be noted that we require written medical information before
action is taken and will request this from the relevant
professionals (with parental permission only).
Medical information is used alongside a functional visual
assessment (where relevant) and a standardised set of criteria to
determine the level of support given.
National Blind Children's
Action for Blind
Complements, comments and complaints
For complements, comments and complaints contact the
Professional Lead or a Council leaflet is available on request
or contact us online using our Feedback form