Barnsley Education Inclusion Services

Children we work with

Our aim is to support children and young people with an identified visual need in order to remove barriers to learning.

We support families and staff working in educational settings to ensure that children and young people have the same learning experience as their peers.

Meet the team

Our vision support team are all highly trained professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experiences working with a wide range of children and young people with visual needs.

Our vision support team are:

  • Toni Harvey - Sensory Lead
  • Emma Brooke - Specialist Advisory Teacher
  • Louise O'Rourke - Specialist Advisory Teacher
  • Karen Clayton - Specialist Advisory Teacher 
  • Holly Wallace - Habilitation Officer
  • Lesley Dodson – Specialist Support Worker (Habilitation)
  • Sharon Cooper - Specialist Support Worker



Our offer

Following a new referral to the Vision Support Team, our offer might include:

  • A joint assessment completed by a specialist teacher for vision support and a Habilitation officer to identify needs. We use natSIP criteria to inform our ongoing support.
  • An environmental audit of educational settings and home environments to take account of visual needs, as required and determined by the service. Risk management strategies will be provided to the educational setting.
  • Advice and guidance on specialist equipment and any modifications to learning such as font size, learning medium and exam access arrangements.
  • Close working relationships and co-production with a wide range of professionals who may be involved with the child.
  • Training in order to support staff to meet the needs of the child or young person.
  • Specialist teaching in the delivery of the additional curriculum which may include: Habilitation (mobility and independent living skills), Braille, Low Vison Aids and touch-typing.
  • Helping to build confidence, self-esteem and self-advocacy skills; this may be carried out as part of a small group.
  • Personalised, holistic planning to meet needs of the child or young person co-produced with the child, young person, families and professionals.
  • Maintenance of mobility aids such as long cane.
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Our packages

Our vision support packages for involvement are delivered as a core service.

Package Equivalent days of support over an academic year
TSENSE1 14
TSENSE2 7
TSENSE3 3.5
TSENSE4 2.5
TSENSE5 1
TSENSE6 0.5

Packages for habilitation involvement

Our vision support packages with habilitation involvement are delivered as a core service. 

Package Equivalent days of support over an academic year
HABSENSE1 14
HABSENSE2 7
HABSENSE3 5
HABSENSE4 3
HABSENSE5 1
HABSENSE6 0.5

 

Referrals

Children and young people (0 to 25 years old) are usually referred to the service by a health professional such as an ophthalmologist, optometrist or orthoptist, who may already be involved.

Referrals can be made by educational settings, ensuring any medical information about the child’s or young person's eye condition and level of vision is provided, by completing our sensory support consent form and emailing it to us.

After receiving the consent form, we'll carry out an initial visit at the educational setting or family home to discuss the child's needs and possible service offer.

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