Specialist VI curriculum framework

An update from RNIB/VIEW/VICTAR/TPT – October 2021

One year in and we are getting closer to the creation of a UK wide unified framework for Children and Young People with a Vision Impairment (CYPVI), thanks to the huge support and expertise being shared from across the sector. We would like to take this opportunity to update you on our progress and let you know how you can still be involved as the project continues to develop.

Development of a new framework

Since our last update earlier this year, we have continued to move through our sector wide consultation using the ‘Delphi method’, and we are now progressing into the final stage of this three-stage process:

Stage 1

This stage involved engaging professionals involved in the education of CYPVI, parents and young people through virtual focus groups. It provided the opportunity for further discussion within the field giving a clear sense of what specialist areas will be core to the framework and how these could be structured.

Stage 2

This built on discussions held in Stage 1, interpreting the views of all participants and creating an outline structure for the framework to include high level outcomes and descriptors for the key areas in which CYPVI require specialist support. All participants were invited to feedback based on their expertise and encouraged to share their views whilst offering examples of how the framework could be used in practice.

Stage 3

The final stage of the consultation will look to confirm and finalise the outcome areas, drawing together case studies as well as finalising the name of the framework itself ensuring both the name and language are both provided by and agreed by the sector and appropriate for use across the UK.

You can find out more about the project itself, its rationale and methodology by reading the Specialist VI Curriculum Framework Project FAQs (Word, 57KB)

Development of a new online resource hub

To accompany the framework, we are developing an online resource hub which will be made available to all, free of charge through RNIB Bookshare. The online hub will host resources that have been developed and submitted by colleagues from across the sector in relation to delivering the core outcome areas identified within the new specialist curriculum framework. The resource hub will be a tool for the sector, and an opportunity to share with each other resources that have been created through our work with CYP and which can be adapted by others. By supporting each other through the sharing of knowledge and expertise we hope to assist the sector in reducing time spent on developing resources.

In addition to hosting resources, the hub will signpost to many other existing resources, organisations and networks that also contribute to shared knowledge and understanding of the specialist skill areas defined by the framework. We hope by hosting this information here, we will support the sector by reducing time spent searching the internet for ideas and alternative resources.

How can you help?

At this stage of the project, we still need your support in identifying resources which help you to deliver the key elements of the specialist curriculum to the children and young people you support. Examples of resources may include:

  •  a one-page document to help teach an aspect of independent living skills
  •  a scheme of work to support the teaching of a piece of assistive technology
  •  a series of materials that support assessment or outcomes setting
  • progress trackers
  • resource packs for teaching – e.g. braille, touch typing,
  • checklists – e.g. exam equipment, transition, ICT, accessible classroom
  • activity cards e.g. to support self-advocacy
  • templates e.g. referral letters
  • guides for parents e.g. understanding CVI

If you would like to provide resources but are unsure whether your resource would be of help to others, or if you think it may need some refining, please don’t let that stop you: do contact us for an initial chat as we have a helpful group of professionals from the field who are on hand to support you and offer advice or guidance if required.

So, if you would like to share your ideas and resources for inclusion within the resource hub, we would love to hear from you. The more resources we can share and make available the easier, and more efficient we can be in delivering information and resources to the children and young people we support.

Please email us at:  development@viewweb.org.uk

Thank you for your interest in supporting this project and we look forward to hearing from you.

If you no longer wish to be kept informed of the project developments, please let us know by emailing development@viewweb.org.uk