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Information for education professionals

We are working with RNIB, NatSIP ( and other sensory impairment charities to support you during the Covid 19 crisis.

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General education guidance

DfE (England) have updated  guidance on what schools should be doing during the current lockdown. RNIB have summarised the sections relevant to the education of pupils with vision impairment.

Download the document from RNIB’s website:


COVID 19 VIEW survey of VI education workforce

We hope that the key findings from the survey that VIEW has presented to the Education Select Committee inquiry will lead to changes that will enable more resilience and flexibility to be built into the system of VI education, to the long term benefit of children and young people with VI.

Download the findings here:

Safe return to school premises

VIEW, together with RNIB and other partners and practitioners, are collating responses from across the sector on protocols, guidance, risk assessments around the safe return to the school premises.

  • Return to school information – this page houses documents that have been shared with VIEW and our partners, as well as guidance from The Department of Education

Advice and support

Education Financial Hardship Grant – Teaching Staff Trust provides financial support to people working (or who have retired from working) in education of under-19s for five years or more.

The Council for Disabled Children FAQ – SEND support during the Coronavirus pandemic. FAQ shares questions sent into the email inbox. The questions received are collated and shared with the Department for Education (DfE) as well as colleagues with specific areas of expertise within CDC.

Coronavirus information on VI forum. Not a member? Join here.

Advice and support to professionals is now live on the following page:

RNIB CYPF Education team is available as usual to support you with advice and information, telephone 0303 123 9999 or email: titled “how we can help.”

If you have any contributions in your area of work that you are happy to share via the repository please do get in touch with RNIB at OR VIEW at

Information from NDCS

A lot of the following content is applicable to VI children and young people