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

Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI)

Examples of what children and their parents, pre-school settings and educational establishments can expect from Additional Support from a QTVI:

  • visits to the child at home, at a pre-school setting or in an educational setting
  • provide developmental opportunities for children in the early years at home
  • pictures of VI related activities.
  • provide support to parents/carers
  • liaise with setting staff or class teachers to ensure inclusion
  • plan class teachers to make sure adapted curriculum materials and any necessary equipment are available
  • ensure all necessary curriculum materials are adapted, by the teaching assistant or curriculum support officer, to suit the child's visual needs
  • advise on and issue specialist equipment
  • teach the child to use any specialist equipment where necessary
  • teach touch typing where appropriate
  • teach Braille and access to other adapted learning materials where appropriate
  • provide training to staff within the setting in order to help them meet the needs of the child who has a visual loss

Additional support should be different from what schools provide for all pupils. The SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) will work in partnership with the QTVI.

Additional support relies on staff knowledge and understanding around the pupil's strengths and needs and the skills to develop, apply and evaluate individualised plans and strategies.

A document detailing the 'The Role of the QTVI' for IPaSS can be downloaded by clicking here