Post date: 
Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Following 10 months of consultation and huge support from the sector we are excited to announce the launch of the new Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI) on 15 March 2022.

This eagerly anticipated framework has been co-produced by the sector, for the sector and will support specialists working with children and young people with a vision impairment by defining the specialist skills development and best practice support needed to promote equity, inclusion and personal agency.

You can find out more about the CFVI and wider project, by reading our FAQs.

Launch of the CFVI: Book your free place now!

The Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI) launch event is a free, online event taking place alongside the VIEW Conference which this year focuses on specialist skills development and best practice. 

The launch event offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about the framework, its rationale, methodology for development and how it can be used to support children and young people with a vision impairment receive the support they need and are entitled to.

Please join our free launch event by visiting the VIEW Conference page

Development of a new online resource hub

Whilst the framework itself is now complete, to accompany it, we are developing an online resource hub which will be made available to all, free of charge through RNIB Bookshare.

The online hub will host resources that have been developed and submitted by colleagues from across the sector in relation to delivering the core outcome areas identified within the new framework.

The resource hub will be a tool for the sector, and an opportunity to share with each other resources that have been created through our work with CYP and which can be adapted by others. By supporting each other through the sharing of knowledge and expertise we hope to assist the sector in reducing time spent on developing resources.

In addition to hosting resources, the hub will signpost to many other existing resources, organisations and networks that also contribute to shared knowledge and understanding of the specialist skill areas defined by the framework. We hope by hosting this information here, we will support the sector by reducing time spent searching the internet for ideas and alternative resources. 

How can you help?

At this stage of the project, we still need your support in identifying resources which help you to deliver the key elements of the specialist curriculum to the children and young people you support. Examples of resources may include:

  • a one-page document to help teach an aspect of independent living skills

  • a scheme of work to support the teaching of a piece of assistive technology

  • a series of materials that support assessment or outcomes setting

  • progress trackers

  • resource packs for teaching – e.g. braille, touch typing

  • checklists – e.g. exam equipment, transition, ICT, accessible classroom

  • activity cards e.g. to support self-advocacy

  • templates e.g. referral letters

  • guides for parents e.g. understanding CVI.

If you would like to provide resources but are unsure whether your resource would be of help to others, or if you think it may need some refining, please don’t let that stop you: contact us for an initial chat as we have a helpful group of professionals from the field who are on hand to support you and offer advice or guidance if required. 

If you would like to share your ideas and resources for inclusion within the resource hub (including signposting to external resources you find helpful), we would love to hear from you. The more resources we can share and make available the more efficient we can be in delivering information and resources to the children and young people we support. 

To share your resources or to find out more about the project, please email [email protected].

Thank you for your support, on behalf of the Specialist VI Curriculum Framework Project Team: 

  • The professional association of the Vision Impairment Education Workforce (VIEW)

  • Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at University of Birmingham

  • Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)

  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).