Curriculum Framework (CFVI)

Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI)

Defining specialist skills development and best practice support to promote equity, inclusion and personal agency.

Following 10 months of consultation and huge support from the sector, The Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI) has now been launched.

The framework has been developed by VIEW – The Professional Association for the Vision Impairment Education Workforce, VICTAR – University of Birmingham, RNIB – Royal National Institute of Blind People, and TPT – Thomas Pocklington Trust to support children and young people with vision impairment aged from 0 – 25 access an appropriate and equitable education.

This eagerly anticipated framework has been co-produced by the sector, for the sector and will support specialists working with children and young people with a vision impairment by defining the specialist skills development and best practice support needed to promote equity, inclusion and personal agency. Read the FAQs on the framework

The framework presents outcomes within 11 teaching areas:

  • Facilitating an Inclusive World
  • Sensory Development
  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Habilitation: Orientation and Mobility
  • Habilitation: Independent Living Skills
  • Accessing information
  • Technology
  • Health: Social, Emotional, Mental and Physical Wellbeing
  • Social, Sports and Leisure
  • Preparing for Adulthood.

It provides a shared vocabulary to be used by children and young people, their families and professionals in the UK who work with them. A shared vocabulary supports both better communication and purpose.

At the heart of the Framework is a set of three fundamental aims:

  • To help clarify and define the elements of specialist skill development, interventions and best practice support that are considered to be essential for children and young people with vision impairment;
  • To assist qualified specialist practitioners in raising the awareness amongst other professionals and parents of the need for children and young people with vision impairment to be taught skills that enable them to access the curriculum and the wider world with as much independence as possible; 
  • To aid discussions and understanding amongst all involved in a child/young person’s education of how and when these skills should be taught by suitably qualified specialists and reinforced by non-specialists.

You can download the CFVI from the RNIB website.

CFVI Resource Hub – RNIB Bookshare

To accompany the framework, we have developed an online resource hub which is available to all professionals working with children and young people with a vision impairment, free of charge through RNIB Bookshare.

The hub hosts and signposts to resources that have been developed and submitted by individuals, organisations and services from across the sector in relation to delivering the specialist skill areas defined by the new framework.

Visit the RNIB Bookshare CFVI Resource Hub.

This Resource Hub is in its pilot phase of development and we plan to refine both the resources and method of access as the CFVI becomes embedded in practice across the sector. Your feedback is really important to us and will support us to do this in relation to improved functionality or further resource development so that we can ensure you have the resources you require to teach the essential specialist skills, children and young people with a vision impairment may require. Please let us know your feedback by emailing the project team at cypf@rnib.org.uk.

The VI Curriculum Framework Project Team:

  • The professional association for the Vision Impairment Education Workforce (VIEW)
  • Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at University of Birmingham
  • Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).