IPaSS Specialist VI Teaching Assistants
Specialist VI Teaching Assistants help to support the education and learning needs of pupils who are
severely visually impaired in the home and in mainstream and special school settings. All VI Teaching
Assistants are qualified in RNIB Partners in Learning and have a Braille Grade 2 Qualification. The Specialist VI TA will:
- promote learning through play in the early years and help families to support the development of early skills. The Development Journal for Children who are Visually Impaired is used with parents to help support this early work.
- provide one-to-one support in the classroom or other areas of school as required
- promote pupil’s independence in all areas of education including classroom activities and daily living skills.
- work closely with the Class Teacher and IPaSS VI Teacher to ensure resources are planned for and adapted to support pupils learning.
- support pupils to learn and develop pre-Braille skills and to read and write using Braille
- support pupils to learn and use assistive technology.
- promote the skills taught during Habilitation Lessons including Mobility and Orientation and Independent Living Skills.
- adapt learning resources required by pupils including complex adaptations such as images, diagrams, graphs, maps, poetry formats, journals and modern foreign languages into large print, Braille or tactile formats
- adapt resources following examination standards and guidelines.
- use specialist equipment for the adaptation of resources including computer software, Braille Embosser, Zychem Machine etc
- liaise regularly with class teachers in order to plan for lessons and provide the specially adapted resources required.
- support pupils through GCSE and A’Level revision lessons and examinations.
- support pupils when they are transitioning into new setting including school, new classrooms, college or work place settings.
- regularly update safeguarding knowledge through the Hull CC Safeguarding Board full day or half day refresher training
- update continued professional development through attendance at relevant VI or school training