Visual Impairment Provision
Chantry Primary Academy has the only primary Visual Impairment Provision in Luton. The provision is entirely inclusive and is extremely popular with parents, due to the high levels of specialist resources and support children access, to enhance their educational experience.
There are 16 allocated places for pupils to be supported by the team. All provision places are allocated by the Local Authority through review of application by the Special Provision Allocation Group (SPAG). Children require a visual acuity level of 6/12 or worse and they require an active Educational Health Care Plan.
All pupils are taught in mainstream classes alongside their peers and are supported in lessons by Specialist Support Assistants or a Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment.
What is Visual Impairment? - Click here to read all about what it can mean to have a visual impairment and how adults can help children who are visually impaired access learning in school. I hope you find this informative and interesting.
Meet the VI Team
The VI staff team have a vast range of experience within the field of visual impairment. Specialist staff include:
Mrs Collings – VI Provision Team Leader & Qualified Teacher of Visually Impaired/Primary Years Outreach Support Luton
Mrs Drummond – Touch Typing & Braille Tutor & VI Outreach Assistant
In addition, we have 8 class based experienced VI teaching assistants supporting the children each day
The provision has a wide range of specialist equipment and resources as well as experienced teaching support for your child.
Our experienced team use a range of technology to ensure that children’s learning needs are met. This may include use of personal equipment such as ‘Braille Note’, audio recording devices and iPads, or specialist resource making tools such as a ‘hot-spot’ which can make flat images into raised 3D images, or a braille printer to create printed work from children’s computer work.
One of our Braille students using an electronic braille note to record his ideas. The Kindle is used for the teachers and staff to read in print what he is brailling
We have a book based curriculum in school, so the VI specialist staff enlarge texts, convert to braille or verbally share work with pupils to make it accessible in class. Younger children may also make use hot-spot images to make sense of a text.
During their time at Chantry, pupils have the opportunity to participate in life skills sessions and mobility training to ensure that they have all the knowledge and skills needed to be as independent as possible. Staff work closely with parents to ensure we know as much as possible about a child’s circumstances and particular needs. We also liaise with medical professionals and can join parents in attending medical appointments, to ensure that the school are best placed to meet your child’s needs.
Special Events and Activities
We make every effort to arrange transport and staffing so that children within the VI Provision can attend trips, visits, clubs and activities alongside their mainstream classmates. In addition, we look out for special opportunities specifically designed for visually impaired children, in the past these have included gardening, additional swimming sessions, theatre trips, tactile educational visits and sports activities in conjunction with external sport providers. We currently offer horse riding to some of our VI children and are looking forward to some exclusive soft play sessions at Futures Fun Factory next year.
Please see links below to other VI News articles
- VI Team Trust and Team Building Day - February 2017
- Hasnain Makes a Wish! - March 2017
- VI Rock Climbing - May 2017
- VI Kingswood Visit - June 2017
- VI Thinkerbell Visit - November 2018
- VI Sports Festival - April 2019
- VI Horseriding - June 2019
- VI Football - June 2019
- VI Christmas Trip to Mead Open Farm - December 2019
- VI Tinkerbell 'Annie' Braille Machine - January 2020
- VI 'Annie' Team Visit - January 2020
- VI Lockdown News - March 2021
Useful sites for home use
Youtube Video - Import Accessible Books, with the EasyReader AppYoutube Video - Meet EasyReader for WindowsDolphin EasyReader App (Apple App store and Google Play Store download links)Kindle App (Apple App Store, Google Play Store and, PC & Mac download links)Visual Impairment and Computing - Factsheet & GuideRNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) - Official WebsiteA selection of apps for VI Children