The Royal Society for Blind Children receives National Lottery funding to support vision impaired children and young people

6 December 2018
Source: RSBC

National charity Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) has been awarded over £480K of National Lottery funding to support vision impaired children and young people across England. RSBC has been granted the funding to deliver a collaborative project, Live Life Go Further, in support of vision impaired children and young people aged 8 – 25 years old. The grant will

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ONS: Children’s and young people’s experiences of loneliness: 2018

6 December 2018

The Office for National Statistics analysis of children’s and young people’s views, experiences and suggestions to overcome loneliness, using in-depth interviews, the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017 and Good Childhood Index Survey, 2018. Main points Children (aged 10 to 15 years) • 11.3% of children said that they were “often” lonely; this was more common among younger children aged

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Local Government Chronicle: Ofsted: Special educational needs support ‘disjointed and variable’

5 December 2018
Source: Local Government Chronicle

Ofsted has criticised the numbers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) not receiving adequate support and raised serious concerns over the number of vulnerable children being excluded from school. In her annual report today, Ofsted’s chief inspector of education and children’s services Amanda Spielman said the quality of support for children with SEND is “disjointed and variable”

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Longitudinal Transition Study results published. Funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust

9 November 2018
Source: University of Birmingham/Thomas Pocklington Trust

The University of Birmingham have published the results of a Longitudinal Transition Study, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, following the experiences of young people with vision impairment from secondary school into further education and employment. Findings from the study show that whilst participants are inching closer to the labour market, common challenges were identified: •Just over a fifth (21 per

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VIEW: “Understanding vision impairment in children and young people” online course

27 September 2018
Source: View

This online self-study course “Understanding vision impairment in children and young people” is designed to support the training needs of professionals and parents in order to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with visual impairment. It is intended for people who wish to gain an overview of the issues involved in supporting the education

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Innovative Music Scheme for Blind Children with Complex Needs Launched across the UK

25 September 2018
Source: The Amber Trust

Following the successful launch in 2017 of The Amber Trust’s early years scheme, ‘Little Amber’, The Amber Trust is setting up another innovative service, ‘AmberPlus’, for families who have a blind or partially sighted child over the age of five who has additional, complex needs. AmberPlus has two elements. The first is access to freely available resources that can be

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RCOphth Response to the BBC features on Children’s Eye Testing/Vision Screening (22 August 2018)

3 September 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

In October 2017, Public Health England released new guidance for local authorities (LA) to support vision screening testing for all children aged 4-5 years (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-to-improve-vision-screening-for-young-children). The supporting documents, available online, include parent information leaflets, with a link to the NHS choices web pages on childhood vision testing (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/eye-tests-in-children/). These resources were developed by a multi-disciplinary group, including representatives from the

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FE News: New figures show attainment gap remains for vision impaired pupils

21 August 2018
Source: FE news

Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school. However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils. The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that

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AOP: Children’s eye health: Why vision matters

16 August 2018

Good eyesight is crucial in making sure a child develops to their full potential both at school and socially. It’s especially important to look after children’s eyes – the eye is still developing throughout early childhood so if problems are treated early, it can make a lasting difference. Yet research shows that around 20% of school-aged children have an undiagnosed

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Paths to literacy: Harry Potter Theme-Based Learning

14 August 2018
Source: Paths to Literacy

Children with visual impairments and other disabilities benefit from concrete experience and a multi-sensory approach to literacy and learning. Theme-based learning is a particularly effective way to introduce multi-sensory experiences, using a theme that is of interest and motivating to the students. These videos present a Harry Potter theme, using materials and activities described in the popular series. In addition

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