RNIB is taking part in a joint project that aims to establish a UK-wide specialist VI curriculum framework for children and young people with vision impairment (VI).
Our partners on this project are the professional association of the Vision Impairment Education Workforce (VIEW), Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at University of Birmingham, and Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT). We've also engaged with a proactive Project Reference Group who support the project, which includes representatives from LOOK, VICTA, HabVIUK, Guide Dogs, The Institute of Education (IOE), New College Worcester (NCW), National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP), Welsh Association of Vision Impairment Educators (WAVIE), Education Authority Northern Ireland (EANI), Scottish Association for Visual Impairment Education (SAVIE), Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC), Edinburgh University, University of Bradford, and the NHS England Special School Eye Care Programme.
The VI Curriculum Framework will clarify and define the elements of specialist skill development, interventions and best practice support that are essential for children and young people with vision impairment. It will enable parents to understand the nature and structure of support that can be provided for their child and the services involved in providing that support to align provision within an agreed nationwide context.
The two-year project, funded by RNIB, draws on extensive consultation across the VI sector to provide a single, unifying curriculum framework for the specialist elements of VI education that will give clarity, consistency of provision for children and young people, and a shared vocabulary for non-specialists and VI specialist education professionals.
This VI Curriculum Framework will sit alongside the academic curriculum which all children are entitled to. It will be accompanied by the development of an online resource hub to support the sharing of professional resources used by Qualified Teachers of children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs) and Habilitation Specialists across the sector.