Resourced Provision for Pupils with a Visual Impairment
Reculver C.E.Primary School has had a Specialist Resource Base for the Visually Impaired since the 1990s. Currently we have 2 pupils with a Visual Impairment, whom are registered either blind or partially sighted. For a child to be supported by the provision, they must have an EHCP with Visual Impairment as their Primary Need.
We work closely with the Local Authority and parents to ensure that our provision is the most appropriate for children with a visual impairment.
Our Resource Base contains all the resources, technology and specialist equipment to enable the team of Teaching Assistants to adapt and provide resources for the students they support. The level of adaptation can depend on whether the resources are required in large print or in a tactile version such as Braille. We have a small library which contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books in Braille and enlarged print including the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. We are members of the RNIB lending library and Clear Vision books based at Linden Lodge School in Wimbledon. Should children need to learn Braille, we have both Perkins and Mountbatten braillers but we also have adaptive software ‘Supernova’ on designated computers which reads text. We also provide a laptop for children’s use if appropriate. Recently, we have applied successfully for electronic braillers, ‘Braillenotes’ for pupils who are becoming proficient braillists. Other technology used includes handheld electronic magnifiers as well as portable CCTV devices which can be used in the classroom and enable accessibility for children alongside their peers. Pupils, who require Mobility tuition, including the use of long cane, are supporting by Kent Association for the Blind who visit on a regular basis.
The School encourages positive inclusion of students with a Visual Impairment in all aspects of School life and we feel strongly that the whole school community benefits from having the provision on site and epitomises the work we do as a Church of England School. VI pupils routinely take part in the school productions, become members of the School Council and have joined school trips to activity centres. Our pupils with a visual impairment are fully included and make many friends amongst their sighted peers.