This course has been designed to provide specialist training to all teachers of children with vision impairment, including those in training for the Mandatory Qualification or waiting to start the MQ course. It has been written by nationally recognised practitioners in braille and created as an online course by an experienced instructional designer.
We do understand that there are very experienced members of education support staff delivering support for children in braille. If you feel that you have the relevant experience or background in braille, and wish to be considered – please get in touch – we consider such applications on an individual basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can now apply for the next available course which begins in January 2021.
To apply for the 2021 course – please complete the application form:
The cost of the course is £850 per place (£710 for VIEW members).
For any questions please email email@example.com
Feedback from previous students
It is a course which I wish had been invented years ago! I learnt so much about Braille Literacy and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The most relevant course I have studied in terms of relevance to my job as a QTVI and have already started to use strategies to support braille literacy and advice from discussions in my daily working.
It is an excellent course, which is highly relevant to my work. It should be compulsory CPD for all QTVIs.
I have gained much new knowledge and consolidated existing knowledge which I feel will enrich the teaching and learning of the pupils I work with.
I will do all I can to make sure that any QTVIs who join my team in the future do this course.
• The course is open to qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment, OR those working as a specialist teacher of VI, who are not yet qualified.
We do understand that there are very experienced members of education support staff delivering support for children in braille (who are not QTVIs). If you feel that you have the relevant experience or background in braille, and wish to be considered – please get in touch – we consider such applications on an individual basis.
• Students are expected to be competent in the contracted braille code for English before studying the course
• Students will need regular access to at least one blind child or young person who is learning or using braille for the duration of the course.
• The course involves around 80 hours of study time and is organised according to a structured timetable.
• There will be one training day at the start of the course, to be held at a central location in England. (NB. This training day is optional for students from other countries.)
• All course materials will be studied online using the Moodle virtual learning environment. No additional resources are required.
• Assessment will be undertaken by a mixture of techniques:
o Online discussion activities on key themes
o Written portfolios applying course content to students’ own situations
o Multiple choice tests of factual knowledge
• The course will be tutored by qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment who are specialists in braille literacy.
The course leads to a VIEW/NatSIP certificate on successful completion. It is not externally accredited.
All students will take the following core units:
1. Fundamentals of braille literacy
• Common methods/approaches to teaching reading through print (phonics, whole word, language etc.)
• Differences between tactile and visual reading
• Impact of code changes
2. Emergent reading
• Developing pre-reading skills, emergent literacy for pre-school children
• Working with parents (pre-school)
• Mechanics of reading for pre-readers
3. Early reading
• Early formal reading strategies (teaching letter shapes, letter character recognition etc.)
• Braille reading schemes for early readers
• Deciding on contracted and uncontracted braille in the early stages
• Mechanics of reading for early readers
• Working with parents (primary school)
4. Fluent reading
• Mechanics of reading for fluent readers
• Strategies for building reading fluency (speed, accuracy, comprehension)
• Braille reading schemes for fluent readers; individualised approaches; adapting sighted schemes
5. Implementing braille literacy
• Record keeping/assessment of reading performance
• Principles of braille writing and spelling
• Assistive technology (eg braille notebooks) and sourcing braille equipment /resources
• Modifying content for production in braille
• Developing and defining the role of professionals in supporting braille users
Students will also choose two options from the following list of supplementary units:
A. Braille maths
B. Braille science
C. Foreign language braille
D. Braille music
E. Late beginners in braille
F. Learners with additional needs
G. Braille learners with English as an additional language
To apply for the next course please complete the application form:
For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2010 RNIB commissioned a review of the literature into effective practice in the teaching of literacy through braille. The subsequent report (McCall et al 2011) found that levels of support and expertise available to children who use braille in mainstream settings vary greatly and that many mainstream and specialist VI teachers lack confidence in applying their literacy teaching skills to the medium of braille. In 2013 RNIB and NatSIP submitted a successful bid as part of the NatSIP contract to DfE to develop a certificated advanced online training course to support the teaching of braille literacy by QTVIs. In 2017, The Professional Association of the VI Education Workforce (VIEW) took over the management and delivery of the course.