Curriculum resources

Find resources, products and publications; including our National Curriculum effective practice guides, to help you to meet the individual needs of children and young people with vision impairment. 

Child with VIRNIB resources on SEND Gateway 

NASEN, the UK’s leading professional association for special educational needs and disabilities, is working with the government to establish an online "one-stop-shop" portal offering all education professionals free, high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND. We will be sharing our resources via the SEND Gateway website.

Classroom Resources

Top five classroom must-haves

  • Talking Jolly Phonics interactive tiles. Each square tile has been pre-recorded with a Jolly Phonic sound and a corresponding image. Four additional recordable tiles included. Children can practise saying the phoneme, and then listen back.
  • Coloured overlays (Mixed colour test pack). These can make reading more comfortable for children with visual stress and dyslexia. Contains one sheet of each of the following colours: rose, purple, blue, turquoise, apple, orange, neutral, yellow, leaf, aqua, lilac, magenta.
  • Sayso toolbar software for students with dyslexia or low vision reads documents, web pages and emails using natural sounding voices, keystrokes are repeated back and words pronounced.
  • Ruby HD is a handheld video magnifier which displays exceptionally clear text at all magnification levels. Colour coded buttons and fully portable for use around school.
  • Olympus DP-311 NoteCorder - simple voice recorder which can hold up to 166 hours of high quality recordings, or add even more memory with an SD card. It has three different record settings.

We have lots of new products which are sure to brighten up classrooms and help students with their everyday learning see our full range on our online shop.

Learning braille

  • Unified English Braille (UEB) courses - The Hands On braille reading scheme is the first course to be rewritten following the implementation of UEB and is now available to buy – The Take Off, Abi Books, Braille in Easy Steps and Reading Together courses will follow – visit: UK Association for Accessible Formats website.

Watch our new video on accessible learning

In a brand new RNIB video you can watch techniques used in a busy secondary school to support learners with vision impairment. Teachers and learners talk about what works for them and how the many of these techniques also benefit other learners with a print disability such as pupils with dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Learners with print disabilities, such as dyslexia or sight loss, need resources in a format they can access. RNIB’s new five minute film is a brief introduction to accessible formats for student teachers and teachers in mainstream schools. RNIB Bookshare is a free service supported by RNIB and Dyslexia Action. You’ll find over 8,500 accessible resources for educators supporting print-disabled learners. You can download textbooks and accessible images, and format the electronic file to meet your students’ needs. 

Training – good practice and inclusion

Check out our online “Understanding visual impairment in children” short course and other professional development opportunities.

Count Me In DVD and Hear Me Out CD

Count Me In DVD - Count me in is a challenging and thought-provoking training DVD Video produced by RNIB to promote good practice in the inclusion of blind and partially sighted children and young people. Intended for anyone working with blind and partially sighted learners, including class teachers, teaching assistants, special educational needs professionals and senior managers.

Hear me out audio CD ROM - complements Count me in. Understanding children's views and experiences is central to meeting their needs. Hear me out gives blind and partially sighted children the opportunity to speak for themselves about their lives at school and at home. The CD-ROM also includes a DAISY version of the audio files.

  • Count Me In DVD product code ED 499 £23.95
  • Hear Me Out CD product code ED 500 £11.95
  • Count Me In and Hear Me Out together product code ED 501 £32.00

To order, call the Helpline team on 0303 123 9999 or email

Talk to the experts

As well as getting support from your VI service, you can also post a question to other teachers on VI-forum

RNIB transition guidance for young people (14 -25)

RNIB, in partnership with Action for Blind People, has produced transition guidance for young people who are blind or partially sighted in England. Entitled 'Your future, your choice: bridging the gap', the guide outlines the support and services available to assist young people through their journey from school, through further and higher education, and into employment. The guidance is available to download here:
'Your future, your choice: bridging the gap' is part of a series of 'Bridging the Gap' guides for young people who are blind or partially sighted across living across the UK. You can download your country's guide below:
Email for further information.






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