Teaching, learning, independence and inclusion

Children and young people with vision impairment deserve high quality teaching to become independent learners and to reach their full potential.

This series of guides takes you through the key issues, strategies and resources you need to know about to help you in your work. 

The early years

The early years are crucial for every child's development and learning. Here you can find ideas, resources and information to help young blind and partially sighted children to make the best start in life. 

For advice on very young children please look at the resources on our Family, friends and carers pages.

Learning through play in the early years

This guide is about supporting play for young children with a vision impairment. It covers early play, exploration and developing play. It also recommends ways of creating play environments as well as choosing toys and making treasure baskets and sensory development boxes.

Focus on foundation: including children who are blind or partially sighted in early years settings (Third edition)

Focus on foundation offers practical ideas for including children with vision impairment in early years settings, including reception classes.

Social inclusion in the early years

This guide is based around a case study of a young blind child and provides useful tips on social inclusion in a nursery setting.

Access to education

This guide focuses on access to mainstream education for learners with vision impairment.. It looks at ways in which professionals can help reduce barriers to learning by focusing on inpidual needs, providing accessible resources, enhancing communication skills, and making adjustments to the physical and sensory environment. It also considers the implications of vision impairment for social development and suggests key strategies for addressing these.

Teaching National Curriculum subjects

Here you can find information and resources on teaching specific National Curriculum subjects to blind and partially sighted children.

Mobility and independence at school

In this guide we focus on how to encourage children and young people to become independent in their learning and play .

Further and higher education

Here we offer guidance for professionals on accessible admissions, funding, and the legal responsibilities of institutions to meet the support needs of young people in further and higher education.

Transition on to further and higher education can seem daunting for young people. This is why RNIB have developed Transition guidance specifically for young people who are blind or partially sighted to help support them through this process. "Your future, your choice: Bridging the gap" outlines the support and services available to assist young people through their journey from school, through further and higher education, and into employment.

Emotional support

Information about our Emotional Support Service, and details of useful resources and information for teachers, teaching assistants and other professionals working in education in relation to supporting the social and emotional needs of young people.

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