Barnsley Education Inclusion Services

Children we work with

If you have children in your setting who are struggling to learn and develop because of a visual impairment, we can provide hands-on strategies, advice and support to help you meet their needs.

We can help you remove barriers to learning for children with SEND to make sure they have the same learning experiences as their peers.

Meet the team

Between us we have a breadth of knowledge and specialist expertise to help you meet the needs of children and young people with a visual impairment.

Our vision support team are:

  • Toni Harvey - Specialist Support Manager - Sensory Team
  • Emma Brooke - Specialist Advisory Teacher
  • Louise O'Rourke - Specialist Advisory Teacher
  • Holly Wallace - Senior Habilitation Officer



Our offer

Our vision support offer includes:

  • initial and ongoing assessment and observation (determined by NatSIP)
  • annual eligibility assessments
  • advice on specialist equipment
  • information sharing
  • initial environmental audit at transitional periods
  • maintenance of mobility aids
  • planning with class teacher
  • social skills programmes
  • AQA scheme awards
  • staff training
  • braille workshops
  • road awareness training
  • awareness raising training for staff and peers
  • risk assessments
  • advice on Individual Support Plans
  • touch typing and shortcut keys
  • pre post tutoring
  • support in college
  • support in resource provision
  • individual travel training
  • environmental audits
  • low vision aid training
  • support with transition
  • specialist teaching of braille
  • support with access arrangements
  • habilitation training; teaching of cane skills, sighted guide, daily living skills
  • self-advocacy training

Our packages

Our vision support packages with teacher involvement include both our core and traded services.

School settings will receive 70% of provision for a child as core, with the setting required to contribute the remaining 30%.

Package Equivalent days of support per financial year Flat daily rate Total cost 30% setting charge
TSENSE1 14 £300 £4,200 £1,260
TSENSE2 7 £300 £2,100 £630
TSENSE3 3.5 £300 £1,050 £315
TSENSE4 2.5 £300 £750 £225
TSENSE5 1 £300 £300 £90
TSENSE6 0.5 £300 £150 £45

Packages with Senior Habilitation Officer involvement

Our vision support packages with Senior Habilitation Officer involvement include both our core and traded services.

School settings will receive 70% of provision for a child as core, with the setting required to contribute the remaining 30%.

Package Equivalent days of support per financial year Flat daily rate Total cost 30% setting charge
HABSENSE1 14 £300 £4,800 £1,440
HABSENSE2 7 £300 £2,100 £630
HABSENSE3 5 £300 £1,500 £450
HABSENSE4 3 £300 £900 £270
HABSENSE5 1 £300 £450 £90
HABSENSE6 0.5 £300 £150 £45

 

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 settings, ensuring any medical information about the child’s eye condition and level of vision is provided, by completing our consent form and emailing it to us.

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