Outreach education service at RNIB Pears Centre

Find out about 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

Our developing service called Periscope provides educational advice, guidance and practical support to pupils, parents and service providers locally and nationally. We aim to help professionals and parents to support children and young people with complex needs and visual impairment in maximising their potential for learning, independence and fulfilment.

Our services include:

  • Working with and supporting pupils in other schools and colleges with individual assessments and teaching programmes.
  • Running training and information sessions for fellow professionals in our specialist classroom.
  • We also host parent and early years sensory sessions on a weekly basis.

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).

Specialist resource base

The base for our Periscope outreach service 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.

School prospectus and term dates

For more information about our specialist school’s education and curriculum download our prospectusDownload our school term dates.

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