Events, training and networks

Do you want to update your knowledge? Our courses and networking opportunities will help you include children and young people with a vision impairment.

We offer lots of opportunities to update your knowledge and network with colleagues both virtually and face to face.

Courses and Professional Network Meetings

RNIB/VIEW update day on test and exam access arrangements

Offering a great opportunity to update your knowledge and understanding of all the changes taking place to National Curriculum tests, GCSE and A level exams, and to understand the implications for the children and young people with vision impairment with whom you work.
  • Leeds - Monday 18 January 2016 
Speakers include: 
  • Stuart Atkins, Assessment Researcher, Standards and Testing Agency
  • Will Emms, Test Administration Manager, Standards and Testing Agency
  • Rory Cobb, Principal Officer: Inclusive Education, RNIB
Price: £40, including refreshments and sandwich lunch (VIEW members £30)
If you would like to attend then please download the booking form below and return to

RNIB/VIEW Braille Network days

RNIB/VIEW Braille Network days provide an important opportunity to keep yourself up to date with good practice. Come together to share teaching techniques and resources for blind learners and to meet other people with similar interests and concerns.

The next meetings will focus on tactile resources to support the teaching of blind pupils and how these are used in the classroom. Contributors to the day will include Clearvision, Load2Learn and RNIB Reading Services. There will also be an opportunity to feed into the wording of a new RNIB/VIEW policy statement on support for braille users

  • London - Friday 15 January 2016
  • Leeds - Friday 22 January 2016

Price: £40, including refreshments and sandwich lunch (VIEW members £30)

If you would like to attend then please download the booking form below and return to  

Unified English Braille training delivered at your establishment

RNIB continues to offer the services of an experienced braille trainer who can visit your school or college to deliver a day of training in UEB.  For further details visit our one day literary braille course page.

VITAL network (Visual Impairment Touches All Learning)

Do you work with children and young people with complex needs and visual impairment? Would you like to get together with others in the same field?

Facilitated by RNIB, VITAL brings together teaching and associated professionals working with children and young people with complex needs and vision impairment. Our members work in schools, services, early years and health settings. 

Join us, and we’ll be in touch about networking, professional development and training opportunities - email 

Forthcoming meetings

Gwyneth McCormack will present Positive Looking – a framework for supporting the development of visual skills in children with complex needs.  Read a recent Insight article about out how Positive Looking is being adopted in special schools in Yorkshire.  You can attend this event in two venues:

  • Monday 8th February 2016 (VITAL London – meeting at RNIB Judd Street)
  • Thursday 11th February 2016 (VITAL West Midlands – meeting at RNIB Birmingham)
Full details of the event are available to download:
To book a place at either venue, please download a booking form and return to

Further information about VITAL:

Online training

Understanding visual impairment in children and young people

Key features of the course: 

  • Designed to support professionals and parents to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with vision impairment.  
  • You set your own pace.
  • Delivered online.
  • Includes assessment activities leading to an RNIB certificate.
  • Cost: £140

Fill out the application form, and enrol at any time:

Partners in Learning course

Key features of the course:

  • BTEC course (level 3) developed between RNIB and the Open University.
  • Uses a blended learning approach of online study and discussion activities.
  • Includes two face-to-face training days.
  • Consists of six units studied over 12 months  (as part of a group so plenty of contact with others).
  • Begins September 2016.
  • Cost: £700

Watch our Partners in Learning video now!

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