Specialist VI Curriculum framework

March 2021 – 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 in the process of:

  1. Engaging with professionals across the sector through the sharing of expertise via focus groups to help us develop the curriculum framework. The consultation stage to agree the new framework has now started and an expert panel of professionals, as well as young people and parent/carer representatives, has been selected. We are therefore not seeking any further participants for this stage of the project.
  2. Identifying resources to be included in a free  online hub containing resources to support the specialist VI curriculum that have been developed across the sector within VI services and schools and by individuals.
  3. Training professionals to act as peer reviewers and matching them to resource providers.

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 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. We are particularly keen to obtain more resources that can be shared with other professionals via the online hub.

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