Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Meeting Needs for VI Learners

Student in Maths classroom using pins to create a tactile diagram
Student and Teacher studying Modern Foreign Languages with laptop

The Specialist VI Curriculum

The Specialist VI Curriculum is used to define concepts and skills that require specialised instruction with students who are blind or vision impaired in order to compensate for decreased opportunities to learn incidentally by observing others.

Learning and practising these skills enables learners to live as independently as possible in their communities, and participate and contribute to those communities.

It has been evidenced that without these skills students with a visual impairment can find it impossible to learn the Core Curriculum subjects such as Maths, English and Science.

This is one of the things that makes NCW such a special place for learners who have a vision impairment.

"I just wanted to say again how amazing the teachers are whenever we talk to them. It is still a revelation the level of enthusiasm, commitment, the energy and that we feel as if we have been in a meeting with people who are treating us all with respect."

Student Amelie looking closely at her laptop. Bright coloured background
Student DJ using tactile wall displays in the colourful Malvern Room

Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI)

We work towards the Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI, 2022). The framework presents outcomes within 11 teaching areas: 

  1. Facilitating an Inclusive World
  2. Sensory Development
  3. Communication
  4. Literacy
  5. Habilitation: Orientation and Mobility
  6. Habilitation: Independent Living Skills
  7. Accessing information
  8. Technology
  9. Health: Social, Emotional, Mental and Physical Wellbeing
  10. Social, Sports and Leisure
  11. Preparing for Adulthood

At NCW we plan these skills lessons within the timetable.

The skills taught at NCW are:

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Braille
  • Mobility
  • IT and the use of Assistive Technology
  • Careers Education
  • Social Interaction
Side on view of student sat at a desk with a laptop, learning in a lesson
Syd and Ciara
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