RNIB Periscope Learning Support Service

Find out about "Periscope", our specialist outreach service for children and young people with additional complex needs and visual impairments, professionals and parents.

Educational advice, guidance and practical support

“Periscope” is the name for RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning’s outreach service. We offer educational advice, guidance and practical support to professionals and parents.

Our aim is to help you support children and young people who are blind or partially sighted, including those with additional complex needs, to maximise their potential for learning, independence and fulfilment.

Our outreach education team

We are a team of specialist practitioners who work directly with children and young people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted, including those with additional complex needs.

Our team includes:

  • Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVIs) who are also experts in additional complex needs.
  • A highly experienced Team Leader who is qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA).
  • Experienced and highly-trained Teaching Assistants (TAs).

What we offer

Specialist assessments

We can carry out a range of assessments, reviews and reports in order to facilitate and improve learning, such as:

  • environmental audits
  • functional vision analysis
  • tactile discrimination and manual dexterity analysis.

Individual pupil support

We can deliver highly personalised tutorials to pupils to meet their individual needs. This may involve using specific teaching techniques, such as Moon and braille, developing lesson plans and providing adapted teaching resources.

I am so happy that Olivia has been able to use this service. It has made a huge difference to her transition to adult services. I cannot express how much she benefits from Periscope working with her. I would recommend this service to others and I hope Olivia can continue to use it for  a long time.

Natalie, Olivia's mum

Training sessions

We can deliver training for education staff, other professionals and parents to help meet a child’s individual needs. Sessions can take place within your setting or within our on-site conference rooms and model classroom.

Thank you for the informative and interactive session that you delivered. It is a great starting point for us here at Sidney Stringer. It was very useful and the checklists were really helpful too.

David Lisowski, Assistant Principal and Head of Learning Support at Sidney Stringer Academy

Advisory sessions and visits to our centre

The base for our outreach service at RNIB Pears Centre is also a model classroom showcasing up-to-date specialist resources such as readers, magnifiers and communication aids.

This is available for pupils, parents and professionals who may visit to discuss how these aids may best be used in the classroom and at home.

Parent and early years sensory sessions

We offer themed sensory sessions for babies and children aged 0 to 5 years with a range of sensory, learning, physical, social and emotional needs. These take place every Tuesday morning and cost just £4 per session. Children don't need to be enrolled at our nursery to attend.

Activities include:

  • sensory games with light, sound and tactile materials
  • interactive signing
  • music and singing.

Find out more about our early years sensory sessions and book your place!

Because my daughter enjoys the sensory sessions, she is doing things she wouldn't do at home.

Kerrie, mum


Initial visits to our model classroom are free of charge. Our other services are chargeable. Please contact us for details.

Visit RNIB Pears Centre

We welcome enquiries and visits from parents, carers, children, other family members and professionals. Find out how to find us and book your visit today! 

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