The Specialist Teaching and Preschool Service provides training to all education providers to support the needs of children and young people with visual impairment.
Bespoke training by specialist staff is also provided to key members of the education setting’s team as well as the whole school/setting. This ensures that staff who work with the child or young person with a visual impairment:
- understand the implications of visual impairment
- develop their confidence and the ability to support children and young people to access the curriculum in full, including the use of specialist equipment
- develop appropriate teaching and learning strategies, and
- have good classroom practice and inclusion within the class/group and whole school/setting
During visits to the school/setting, specialist staff model good practice and specific interventions regarding visual access and concept development, as part of a ‘coaching and mentoring’ approach for school-based staff. Advice is given about specific adaptations which need to be made to resources across the full range of curriculum areas.