RNIB Periscope Outreach Service

Find out about "Periscope", our national specialist outreach service for blind and partially sighted children and young people (including those with additional needs), parents and professionals.

Educational advice, guidance and practical support

RNIB Periscope is our national outreach service, based at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry. We take our specialist expertise to the wider community, offering educational advice, guidance and practical support.

Whether your child goes to school or college in a mainstream or specialist setting, we can help you to meet their individual needs and to promote their learning.

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).
  • Experienced and highly-trained Teaching Assistants (TAs).

What we offer

Training sessions

Come to one of our training sessions to help you understand and meet an individual child’s needs. Sessions can take place within your setting or within our on-site conference rooms at RNIB Pears Centre.

Upcoming training sessions:

Awareness of vision: how to recognise if a child has a vision impairment course

When: Monday 23 January 2017
Where: RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning, Coventry
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: £110 per person (includes lunch and refreshments)

Teaching and assistive technology for children and young people

When: Monday 30 January 2017
Where: RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning, Coventry
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: £99 *special offer reduced from £142* (includes lunch and refreshments).

These short courses are part of a joint programme with The Eden Academy and the Chiltern Way Academy. Together we are offering high quality training on special needs education to mainstream schools. 

Specialist assessments

We can carry out a range of reviews to find out about your child’s abilities and identify suitable ways to support them.  These include:

  • environmental audits to create the right kind of environment to enhance a child’s learning.
  • functional vision assessments to supplement clinical findings and identify appropriate ways to effectively address a child’s needs within a learning setting or at home.
  • tactile discrimination and manual dexterity analysis to support and develop a child’s reading by touch.

Individual pupil support

We can deliver highly personalised tutorials to pupils to meet their individual needs. This may involve using specific teaching techniques, such as Moon and braille, developing lesson plans and providing adapted teaching resources.

I am so happy that Olivia has been able to use this service. It has made a huge difference to her transition to adult services. I cannot express how much she benefits from Periscope working with her. I would recommend this service to others and I hope Olivia can continue to use it for  a long time.

Natalie, Olivia's mum

Advisory sessions and visits to our centre

The base for our outreach service at RNIB Pears Centre includes a resource area showcasing up-to-date specialist resources such as readers, magnifiers and communication aids.

This is available for pupils, parents and professionals who may book a visit to discuss how these aids may best be used in the classroom and at home.

Parent and early years sensory sessions

If you’re a parent with a baby or a young child, our free early years sensory sessions offer the chance to meet up with other parents of children with additional needs.

Activities include: sensory games, interactive signing, music and singing.

Find out more about our early years sensory sessions and book your place!

Because my daughter enjoys the sensory sessions, she is doing things she wouldn't do at home.

Kerrie, mum


Initial visits are free of charge. Our other services are chargeable. Please contact us for details.

Visit RNIB Pears Centre

We welcome enquiries and visits from parents, carers, children, other family members and professionals. Find out how to find us and book your visit today! 

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