Online braille literacy teaching course – the effective teaching of literacy through braille

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Date(s) - 08/01/2018
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This course has been designed to provide specialist training to all teachers of children with vision impairment, including those in training for the Mandatory Qualification or waiting to start the MQ course. It has been written by nationally recognised practitioners in braille and created as an online course by an experienced instructional designer.

The next available course will begin in January 2018.

To apply for the 2018 course – download and complete the following application form:


The cost of the course is £700 per place (£600 for VIEW members).

For any questions please email

Feedback from previous students

It is a course which I wish had been invented years ago! I learnt so much about Braille Literacy and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The most relevant course I have studied in terms of relevance to my job as a QTVI and have already started to use strategies to support braille literacy and advice from discussions in my daily working.

It is an excellent course, which is highly relevant to my work. It should be compulsory CPD for all QTVIs.

I have gained much new knowledge and consolidated existing knowledge which I feel will enrich the teaching and learning of the pupils I work with.

I will do all I can to make sure that any QTVIs who join my team in the future do this course.

Course details

Entry criteria
•    The course is open to qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment, OR those working as a specialist teacher of VI, who are not yet qualified.
•    Students are expected to be competent in the contracted braille code for English before studying the course
•    Students will need regular access to at least one blind child or young person who is learning or using braille for the duration of the course.

Study arrangements
•    The course involves around 80 hours of study time and is organised according to a structured timetable.
•    There will be one training day at the start of the course, to be held at a central location in England. (NB. This training day is optional for students from other countries.)
•    All course materials will be studied online using the Moodle virtual learning environment. No additional resources are required.
•    Assessment will be undertaken by a mixture of techniques:
o    Online discussion activities on key themes
o    Written portfolios applying course content to students’  own situations
o    Multiple choice tests of factual knowledge
•    The course will be tutored by qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment who are specialists in braille literacy.

The course leads to a VIEW/NatSIP certificate on successful completion. It is not externally accredited.

Course structure

All students will take the following core units:

1.    Fundamentals of braille literacy
•    Common methods/approaches to teaching reading through print (phonics, whole word, language etc.)
•    Differences between tactile and visual reading
•    Impact of code changes

2.    Emergent reading
•    Developing pre-reading skills, emergent literacy for pre-school children
•    Working with parents (pre-school)
•    Mechanics of reading for pre-readers

3.    Early reading
•    Early formal reading strategies (teaching letter shapes, letter character recognition etc.)
•    Braille reading schemes for early readers
•    Deciding on contracted and uncontracted braille in the early stages
•    Mechanics of reading for early readers
•    Working with parents (primary school)

4.    Fluent reading
•    Mechanics of reading for fluent readers
•    Strategies for building reading fluency (speed, accuracy, comprehension)
•    Braille reading schemes for fluent readers; individualised approaches; adapting sighted schemes

5.    Implementing braille literacy
•    Record keeping/assessment  of reading performance
•    Principles of braille writing and spelling
•    Assistive technology (eg braille notebooks) and sourcing  braille equipment /resources
•    Modifying content for production in braille
•    Developing and defining the role of professionals in supporting braille users

Students will also choose two options from the following list of supplementary units:

A.    Braille maths
B.    Braille science
C.    Foreign language braille
D.    Braille music
E.    Late beginners in braille
F.    Learners with additional needs
G.    Braille learners with English as an additional language

To apply:

To apply for the next course please complete the application form:

The effective teaching of literacy through braille online training course – Application Form

For any questions please email

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