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Visual Impairment - Severe to Profound

Sensory Inclusion Service - VI - Local Offer for Children and Young People with a Severe to Profound Visual Impairment

The pupil has a severe or profound visual impairment which impacts upon behaviour and on individual learning/learning environment.

There will be evidence of long term curriculum access issues and there will be major training issues for staff supporting the pupil.


Assessment, Planning and Review

The LA undertakes identification, assessment and planning with a multi-professional focus and issues an Education, Health and Care Plan.

The Education, Health and Care Plan will specify long-term goals and plans for provision. The IEP is drawn up from the long-term goals and should be reviewed not less than three times a year

A Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) assists school/setting by assessing functional vision,
assessing need for Braille or large print; advising on equipment required, assessing the school/setting access facilities and planning for learning and physical adaptations.
The Provision Map will include vision specific targets, delivery methods and evaluation techniques
The Education, Health and Care Plan is reviewed annually with those involved in meeting the needs of the pupil contributing to the Annual Review. A decision is made at each Annual Review as to whether the pupil continues to require and Education, Health and Care Plan. Or whether the needs of the pupil can be met at School Support Level

The LA monitors the outcome of the Annual Review.

Grouping for Teaching

The pupil has access to additional targeted teaching in group time or individually for part of each day. This may include:

 Small group/individual time for practising new skills;
 Individualised teaching of new or specialist skills
 Training   for mobility and independence in and around the school/setting
Training in the use of specialist technological equipment.

Curriculum and Teaching Methods

Individualised programmes may be required. This may involve the use of specialised teaching techniques or alternative access methods such as Braille (including tactile media), large print use, specialist low vision aids or auditory means.

Joint planning by the key worker/teacher and the Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired to give time for preparation and adaptation of accessible materials.

Adaptation of teaching methods e.g. encouraging greater verbalization during lesson delivery, enabling handling or close inspection of materials.

Human Resources

Where  the LA maintains Education Health and Care Plan, LA officers will monitor this via the Annual Review in partnership with parents/carers SIS and other relevant specialist agencies.

Advisory and direct teaching support/pre-tutoring from a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI).

Involvement of other SIS professionals as recommended by the QTVI. These may include specialist mobility input, ICT and low vision aid referrals.

Ongoing direct support and advice from external specialists will be provided  as  specified  in  the Education Health and Care Plan

It is recommended that school/setting staff attend SIS-VI Annual Course and also school/setting based INSET is delivered.