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.

RNIB 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.

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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 the UK Association for Accessible Formats website for more information.

Watch our new video on accessible learning

In our 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. Our 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.

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 [email protected] for further information.