Through specialist teaching and support, IPaSS promotes greater inclusion, increased independence, equal access to the curriculum and improved educational outcomes.

Supporting Children and Young People with Visual Impairment

The Integrated Physical and Sensory Service uses an open referral system which allows professionals or parents to refer a child who is displaying visual difficulties. We use a standard referral form to gather initial information which includes permission from parents/carers to work with the child and have access to medical records. When a referral is received a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) will visit the child to carry out a functional visual assessment.

The VI Team includes QTVIs, Specialist Teaching Assistants, Habilitation Specialists and Curriculum Support Officers. IPaSS also has a Technical Support Officer who maintains the specialist equipment used by some children who are visually impaired.

Children and young people are supported in the home, at pre-school and in educational settings, according to their individual needs.

Level of Need Description
A NatSip Range
40% - 70%+
IPaSS QTVI involvement weekly or fortnightly. IPaSS Teaching Assistant for mainstream settings. Habilitation involvement weekly or intermediately and during transition. Curriculum Support resources provided by IPaSS. Specialist equipment and maintenance provided by IPaSS.
B NatSip Range 25% - 39% IPaSS QTVI involvement monthly or six times per year. IPaSS Teaching Assistant involvement for mainstream secondary settings. Habilitation involvement intermediately and during transition. Curriculum Support resources provided by IPaSS. Low vision aids provided by IPaSS.
C NatSip Range 19% - 24% IPaSS QTVI involvement termly, twice yearly or yearly. Habilitation during transition or at specific times to suit needs. May require Curriculum Support resources to be provided by IPaSS. Low vision aids provided by IPaSS.