Find out about "Periscope", our national specialist outreach service for blind and partially sighted children and young people (including those with additional needs), parents and professionals.
RNIB Periscope is our national outreach service, based at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning. We take our specialist expertise to the wider community, offering educational advice, guidance and practical support.
Whether your child goes to school or college in a mainstream or specialist setting, we can help you to meet their individual needs and to promote their learning.
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:
What we offer
We can carry out a range of reviews to find out about your child’s abilities and identify suitable ways to support them. These include:
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
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 at RNIB Pears Centre.
** Book a place on our upcoming courses:
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
The base for our outreach service at RNIB Pears Centre includes a resource area showcasing up-to-date specialist resources such as readers, magnifiers and communication aids.
This is available for pupils, parents and professionals who may book a visit to discuss how these aids may best be used in the classroom and at home.
If you’re a parent with a baby or a young child, our free early years sensory sessions offer the chance to meet up with other parents of children with additional needs.
Activities include: sensory games, 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.
Initial visits are free of charge. Our other services are chargeable. Please contact us for details.
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!
Your donation can help us to provide wonderful experiences for children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs who are blind or partially sighted, at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning.Donate now