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This is a checklist for SENCos and staff to use alongside the vision profile. The aim of the checklist is to give teachers a clear idea of what to think about when considering the needs of a child or young person with a vision impairment. The things listed are some of the key things an Advisory Teacher for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment will look for when observing in class. Click Here to open the document.

  • Where to order past papers in braille

Bets Braille is a transcription service where past papers can be purchased from:

  • Where to order past papers in large print

GCSE Access

KS2 Past Papers

  • To access past GCSE modified papers for Ed Excel you find them on the link below.

Educational Professionals can refer pupils to Kerry Low Orthoptist at the Ophthalmology Department Darlington Memorial Hospital for an Orthoptic assessment with a view to the pupil being assessed for colour overlays. The first assessment will involve a full Orthoptic assessment and refraction (glasses test). Then on a separate visit a more specialised assessment including overlay testing. This will identify if there is any particular issue which may impact on a pupils ability to read. She will then issue the coloured overlay identified as being most helpful to the pupil. If the overlay is effective after a trial of at least one full term, she will then recommend parents go to get glasses with coloured lenses. Glasses can be prescribed by a few opticians in the area, one of which is Cooper and Leatherbarrow in Darlington ( Please note glasses coloured lenses are not available on the NHS but when tested a voucher can be given for the cost of the frames.



To make a referral to Kerry Low, you need to write to Ophthalmology Department at DMH requesting an ‘Orthoptic

assessment including assessing coloured overlays’ and then explain the teacher’s observations and pupils symptoms.


To make a referral to Kerry Low, you need to write to Ophthalmology Department at DMH requesting an ‘Orthoptic assessment including assessing coloured overlays’ and then explain the teacher’s observations and pupils symptoms.


A free service running in the north east offering a range of different support including emotional support. You can contact directly or referral can be made by Jenny Hill.

CLICK HERE for information leaflet


Clear Vision Project

ClearVision is a postal lending library of children’s books designed to be shared by visually impaired using tactile means and sighted children and adults. All the books have braille, print and pictures. Membership for educational settings is £50 per year and is free to parents of visually impaired pupils. There are over 14,000 books in the collection, catering for children from birth until they’re independent readers. Fiction and non-fiction in uncontracted (grade 1) and contracted (grade 2) braille and Moon.


Living Paintings

Living Paintings is a charity in the UK who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. They call them Touch to See books. They publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult. Their wide and growing range is designed to provide education and life-long learning, enhance lifestyle and support leisure interests.

Living paintings distribute these Touch to See books through our free postal library.


National Accessible Library

The National Accessible Library is a free online library for visually impaired readers. Both schools, children and young people with vision impairment and parents can join the library.

Our library is for people who are unable to enjoy reading a printed book because they are blind, visually impaired, have print blindness due to dyslexia or are physically impaired.

The books are available in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word, plain text and Braille. The books in Microsoft Word format are marked up in order to make it as easy as possible to customise the book to suit the way you want to read them. The charity continues to add books to the library all the time, on every subject. Click the link to the library


RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare provides a free online service which delivers accessible materials curriculum materials for blind or partially sighted, dyslexic or otherwise print disabled students to schools and colleges in the UK. You must create a login using a school

E-mail to gain access to thousands of books, over 3,000 accessible images in large print and braille.



This link from the RNIB provides information and support on starting college, starting university, starting work, free time.


Careers magazine for young people available in accessible formats

Moving On is a bi-monthly magazine aimed at young people aged 14-18 and offers information about choices following school, including education, qualifications and careers. Sign up for free and take advantage of a wealth of resources around careers and education on the Moving On website, including their blog. Would you like an accessible version? At RNIB we have partnered with Moving On to provide an accessible etext edition by email. To sign up for the accessible email edition call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email, quoting order code 713E.


Project Aspiro

Project Aspiro is a comprehensive career planning and employment resource for individuals who are blind or partially sighted.


Habilitation involves one-to-one training for children and young people with a vision impairment. Please follow this link for more information:

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