The Vision Friendly Mark has been established to enable special schools to be recognised and awarded for demonstrating best practice and a commitment to providing appropriate and accessible curricula and environments to children and young people with vision impairment (VI)

PRE-REQUISITE: The Qualified Teacher of VI (QTVI) and the Qualified Habilitation Specialist (QHS) are significant in supporting the school to achieve this award. Participation in the award requires the involvement of a QTVI and a QHS.

The Mark comprises two standards

STANDARD 1: Whole school management

STANDARD 2: Creating a vision friendly school environment

VISION FRIENDLY MARK LEVELS:

A.    SILVER LEVEL – the setting/school demonstrate they are vision friendly, both at a whole school level and within the classroom environment. The school have access to, communicate with and follow the advice and recommendations of the QTVI and the QHS as directed.

B.    GOLD LEVEL – the setting/school demonstrate they are vision friendly, both at a whole school level and within the classroom environment. The school have the regular involvement of a QTVI; children with VI receive functional vision assessments; follow recommendations of the QTVI as directed; an environmental audit/recommendations are provided by the QHS and are followed as directed.

APPLYING FOR THE VISION FRIENDLY MARK

  1. At the outset the school selects either the silver or the gold level standard to apply for
  2. The school has approximately 12 months to collect the evidence for each standard
  3. The Mark when achieved is valid for 3 years
  4. To apply, email gwyn@positiveeye.co.uk

ASSESSMENT OF THE EVIDENCE

Over a 12 month period evidence towards each standard is collated in a Vision Friendly School Log. At the end of this period, a Qualified Teacher of VI and a Habilitation Specialist from Positive Eye carry out an onsite visit to assess the school’s vision friendly practices

VISION FRIENDLY MARK ASSESSORS

Positive Eye heads a small team of Vision Friendly Mark assessors. All are Qualified Teachers of VI (QTVI) with extensive experience of running peripatetic services for children and young people with VI. There is also an experienced Qualified Habilitation Officer (QHS) within the team to assess specific areas relating to their area of expertise

SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS

Following the assessment visit the school will receive a summary report indicating whether they been successful in achieving the Vision Friendly Mark. The report will be sent to the school within one calendar month of the visit

RECEIPT OF THE VISION FRIENDLY MARK AWARD

Successful schools will receive a framed certificate and the Vision Friendly Mark logo within 8 weeks of the assessment visit

VISION FRIENDLY MARK EXPIRY DATE

The mark expires three years after the date it was achieved. The re-application process can commence up to 12 months before expiry to allow for continuity

COST: SILVER LEVEL: £1,750.00          GOLD LEVEL: £1,750.00

TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST EMAIL: Gwyn McCormack:   gwyn@positiveeye.co.uk

Phone: 07947571559

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS the VISION FRIENDLY MARK WAS DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Yvonne Smith: Advisory Teacher for Pupils with VI & Complex Learning Needs, Bradford MBC; Joanne Jones & Michael Ritson: Qualified Teachers of VI – Oldham Council; Tameside MBC. Sue Mort: Practical Skills Tutor: Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight kindly contributed the Habilitation standards