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 Braille Network days

London: Friday 20 January 2017
Leeds: Friday 3 February 2017

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 introducing and teaching braille technology to blind children in primary school. They will also feature an update on new braille reading scheme and resources. Download the programme below:

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 cypf@rnib.org.uk  

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.

Update on access arrangements for public tests and exams

Birmingham - Friday 27 January 2017

This day will help you to update your knowledge and understanding of access arrangements for 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. The day will be led by staff from the Standards and Testing Agency and the Joint Council for Qualifications. Download the programme below.

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 cypf@rnib.org.uk

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 vital@rnib.org.uk

Next VITAL meetings available for booking

Fight or flight to comfy and calm

Helping children with complex needs and vision impairment to manage support and interventions from teachers and therapists.

Nerys Hughes, Advanced Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Clinical Director of Whole Child Therapy, will explore the sensory, environmental and behavioural challenges that can make it difficult for children with complex needs and vision impairment to access their learning.

You can attend this workshop in one of three places, (10.30am – 3.30pm)

South Wales:                                        

  • Wednesday 2nd November 2016
  • Gwent Visual Impairment Teaching Service, Cwmbran, NP44 3AB

Leicester:                             

  • Monday 28th November 2016
  • Special Needs Teaching Service, Pindar Road, Leicester LE3 9RN                                    

London:

  • Thursday 12th January 2017
  • RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE

Cost: £40 (£30 to members of VIEW.)

More detailed information is available here:

Please complete and return a booking form if you would like to attend one of the meetings.

If you have any questions please contact vital@rnib.org.uk or telephone 01509 632 413

Further information about VITAL:

Online training

RNIB is in the process of handing over the delivery of the online courses below to VIEW, the professional association for the vision impairment education workforce. For more information on all courses please visit the View website or follow the links to individual courses below.

Effective teaching of literacy through braille

Key features of the course:

  • Open to qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment
  • Written and tutored by specialists in braille literacy
  • Combines online study and discussion activities
  • Leads to VIEW certificate
  • Studied online over 6 months
  • Begins January 2017
  • Cost:  £700 (£600 for VIEW membersm

Find more information here.

Partners in Learning 

Key features of the course:

  • Accredited as level 3 BTEC course  
  • 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
  • Includes regular group discussion work
  • Begins February 2017
  • Cost: £850 (VIEW members £750)

Watch our Partners in Learning video now!

Find more information here.

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 a VIEW certificate.
  • Cost: £200 (VIEW members £140)

Find more information here.