Resource Base for Pupils with a Visual Impairment
Our specialist Resource Base for pupils with a visual impairment was established at Edward Wilson Primary School in September 2005. The rationale behind the resource base is to provide full inclusion of visually impaired children into mainstream primary education. Over the years, we have helped support a large number of pupils develop a range of educational and life skills needed to successfully transition into KS3 and further education. As well as supporting pupils with a visual impairment at Edward Wilson Primary School, we also provide outreach support to children and young adults in other schools across Westminster.
The Resource Base is staffed by an experienced QTVI (qualified teacher of Visually Impaired) and offers specialist provision and support for pupils with recognised sight loss. Past pupils have moved onto the mainstream secondary school of their choice or opted for a specialist secondary school placement.
Our QTVI work alongside main class teachers to plan and adapt class teaching and learning. Modified learning materials such as Braille books and tactile resources are created to suit individual needs and ability. As well as this, the QTVI delivers one to one teaching for Braille and/or accessible IT skills. Pupils with a visual impairment have full access to the curriculum, educational visits and after school clubs. We have high expectations for all our pupils and believe all have the ability to achieve.
Our QTVI recognises the additional needs and concerns of visually impaired pupils and their families at different times throughout their time with us. We regularly work alongside other support professionals and will signpost to external support organisations when needed. We have long established links to RNIB, Guide Dogs and Westminster's Sensory Support outreach team.
As a dedicated Resource Base for pupils with visual impairment, we strive to offer our pupils the following:
Experienced and supportive teaching staff
Modified teaching and learning resources such as Braille books, audio files, tactile graphs, maps and play equipment
Teaching of pre-Braille skills and UEB Braille from Nursery to Y6
Teaching of tactile awareness and additional listening skills
Use of Braille technology (BrailleNote, Perkins)
Use of access technology - Laptops with talking software and magnification
One-to-one mobility and habilitation sessions delivered by a habilitation specialist (linked to the pupil’s individual assessment and EHC plan targets)
Supported access to after school clubs
Bespoke small group trips e.g. audio described theatre performances, horse riding, rock climbing, project-focused school based workshops with visiting artists/musicians
Liaison with parents and other supportive adults to ensure self-help strategies are used at home and school
Visually impaired member of staff as role model for VI pupils
Emotional support for pupils and parents at times of transition or change (e.g. new diagnosis or prognosis of eye condition)