A joint project between RNIB, the professional association of the Vision Impairment Education Workforce (VIEW), Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at University of Birmingham, and Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), aims to establish a UK wide specialist VI curriculum framework for children and young people with vision impairment (VI).
The VI Curriculum Framework will clarify and define the elements of specialist skill development, interventions and best practice support that are essential for children and young people with vision impairment. It will enable parents to understand the nature and structure of support that can be provided for their child and the services involved in providing that support to align provision within an agreed nationwide context. The 2-year project, funded by RNIB, will draw on extensive consultation across the VI sector to provide a single, unifying curriculum framework for the specialist elements of VI education that will give clarity, consistency of provision for children and young people, and a shared vocabulary for non-specialists and VI specialist education professionals.
This VI Curriculum Framework will sit alongside the academic curriculum which all children are entitled to. The VI Curriculum Framework will be accompanied by the development of an online resource hub to support the sharing of professional resources used by Qualified Teachers of children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs) and Habilitation Specialists across the sector.