Visually Impaired Resource Base

The Thurrock Secondary Resource for Students with Visual Impairment

St Clere’s School hosts the Thurrock Resource Base for secondary students with a vision impairment, funded by the Local Education Authority and provides Outreach for children and their families and young people aged 0-25 within Thurrock.

Resource base staff provide support for students so that they can access the mainstream curriculum alongside their sighted peers. Assistance varies according to the needs of the individual and their vision impairment.  The students are supported by a team of qualified specialist staff, including a Habilitation specialist and qualified teachers for vision impaired young people. Lesson resources are adapted and modified to large print, Braille and tactile media, as appropriate. Students are taught how to use assistive technology in their steps towards independence and in preparation for adulthood as part of their personalised curriculum. Activities are designed to be fun and engaging and include independent life skills and mobility (Habilitation), Braille reading and writing, touch typing, holistic multi-sensory sessions and social skills and wellbeing.

Head of VI Resource Base: Mrs Alison Rivers - a.rivers.scs@osborne.coop - 01375 648 975
 

Skills Towards Independence

Daily living skills:
Life skills are often a challenge for vision impaired young people. Pupils are supported to develop their life skills through an individual programme designed to encourage and improve confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Mobility and orientation skills:
These skills are an essential element of the programme for independence. A Habilitation specialist supports Thurrock pupils to enable them to travel independently and safely.

Braille:
The Resource base is able to offer Braille transcription and Braille tuition in contracted and un-contracted Braille, including Maths, Music and Modern Foreign Languages.

Links:
We maintain links with local Health Service and specialist hospitals, local organisations e.g. Look Essex, Essex Actionnaires Club and national organisations such as RNIB, RLSB, NBC, SENJIT and EYE-vise.

Curriculum Map - VI Skills Towards Independence


The Thurrock Outreach Service for Vision Impaired Young People

The aim of the Resource and Outreach Service is to ensure young people are equipped with the skills to become fully participating members of society.  It is based at the Resource in St Clere’s School.  

This service provides support for all young people with a visual impairment from birth to 25 years. The Advisory Teachers and Habilitation Specialist are able to assess, support, advise and supply information to individuals, their families, schools and associated professionals.

VI Brochure


Useful Links:

RNIB Insight Online: information about learning support in the classroom and at home.

Department Brochure

Skills for Independence

Daily living skills:
Life skills are often a challenge for visually impaired young people. Pupils are supported to develop their life skills through an individual programme designed to encourage and improve confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Mobility and orientation skills:
These skills are an essential element of the programme for independence. Mobility specialists support Thurrock pupils to enable them to travel independently and safely.

Braille:
The Resource base is able to offer Braille transcription and Braille tuition in contracted and un-contracted Braille, including Maths, Music and Modern Foreign Languages.

Links:
We maintain links with local Health Service and specialist hospitals, local organisations e.g. Look Essex, Essex Actionnaires Club and national organisations such as RNIB, RLSB, NBC, SENJIT and EYE-vise.

Inclusion:
Pupils are expected to take a full part in the school’s curriculum and recreational visits, clubs and activities.  In addition, visits are arranged to London Theatres for audio-described productions and workshops organised through Envision. These have included Billy Elliot, Warhorse, Wicked, and The Railway Children. Pupils have participated on residential Outdoor Activity visits at Mersea and Grangewater.

The Thurrock Outreach Service for Visually Impaired Young People

The aim of the Resource and Outreach Service is to ensure young people are equipped with the skills to become fully participating members of society.  It is based at the Resource in St Clere’s School.  

This service provides support for all young people with a visual impairment from birth to 19 years. The Advisory Teachers are able to assess, support, advise and supply information to individuals, their families, schools and associated professionals.

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