Specialist VI Curriculum framework

December 2020 – update from RNIB/VIEW/VICTAR/TPT

The UK specialist VI curriculum framework project was launched on 7 September 2020.

We’re now at the stage where we are looking to engage with professionals across the sector to help us:

  1. Develop the curriculum framework through the creation of opportunities for collaboration and sharing of expertise via focus groups.
  2. Build a free online resource hub containing resources developed across the sector within VI services and schools and by individuals, which are peer reviewed and evaluated.

See the section: “How do I get involved in the project?” below.

Background to the project

This joint project between Royal National Institute of Blind People (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). 

A UK VI Specialist 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 also enable parents to understand the pathways of support 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 framework will sit alongside and be integrated with the academic curriculum to which all children are entitled. It will be informed by existing frameworks including, the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) in North America, National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) Learner Outcomes and Quality Standards for Habilitation, have a strong theoretical underpinning, and specify outcomes that are relevant to the developmental and learning needs of children and young people with VI. The formalisation of a UK wide specialist curriculum framework through this project, will provide a strong foundation for achieving statutory entitlement for children and young people with vision impairment in future.

How do I get involved in the project?

Development of a Curriculum Framework

If you would like to be considered as a possible focus group member to help us create and shape the UK wide specialist VI curriculum framework, please can you complete the following questionnaire:

The deadline for completion of the questionnaire is Tuesday 15th December

Once this is completed, a member of the project team will be in touch regarding next steps.

Development of an Online Resource hub

There are two ways to participate in the project in relation to the development of the online resource hub:

1) as a provider of resources or 2) as a reviewer of resources. Some people may be interested in taking on both roles.

Please email completed questionnaires to: development@viewweb.org.uk