Specialist VI curriculum

Launch of the project

An update from RNIB/VIEW/VICTAR/TPT

We are pleased to announce the launch of the UK specialist VI curriculum project on 7 September 2020.

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.

There are two key strands of the project:

  1. A UK wide consultation led by a team from VICTAR involving key stakeholders, will be carried out to agree the framework for the new specialist VI curriculum framework.
  2. The Identification and cataloguing of key resources led by VIEW in collaboration with RNIB to support the proposed curriculum framework, will include collating resources that have already been developed by VI services and schools throughout the UK and provide an accessible platform through which the sector can share resources.

How do I get involved in the project?

There are several ways to be involved in the project, including participating in the consultation and contributing details of resources that your service or school has developed. We will be sending out a call for action in relation to these activities in due course but if you would like to register your interest in advance, please contact us by emailing development@viewweb.org.uk