Helping your visually impaired child learn at home
With schools closed across the country, we know this is a challenging time for parents.
While there is a huge amount of helpful information available online to support learning at home, our Specialist Education Support team has selected the following resources specifically to support parents who have a child with a vision impairment.
Please continue to use your child’s school and qualified teacher of vision impairments (QTVI) as your first point of contact for any curriculum materials.
For any further guidance and support, please call our Educational Support Advice Line on 0800 781 1444 or email us.
Reading and audio materials
A range of free audio materials suitable for all children and young people so they can continue enjoying reading:
Smart speakers can also offer an excellent selection of reading materials for the whole family.
The following resources offer a range of accessible learning materials suitable for all children:
- Perkins eLearning – a range of learning ideas and resources. Please note, you need to sign-up to access the content.
- Twinkl – resources for children with a vision impairment across the key stages.
- Royal Blind Learning Hub – free braille games and worksheets.
- Positive Eye – free resources for children with a vision impairment.
- Positive Eye Facebook – they offer three ‘free online’ classes per week. The sessions will be structured and there will be a link to the story of Marvin with activities to do after the class.
- Doorway Online – free accessible educational games
The following mainstream resources can be accessed using your child’s usual ways of working, such as using technologies with the facilities to enlarge the screen. This may include using Microsoft Windows accessibility tools in ‘settings’ or using specialist software such as JAWS, SuperNova or NVDA.
- Khan Academy – For children, all the way to more advanced topics (Math’s, Reading, Sciences, Computing, Arts, Humanities, Finance and Economics).
- IXL Personalised Learning – Curriculum learning materials.
- BBC Bitesize – Materials for primary, secondary and post 16 students.
- Twinkl – Learning for primary and secondary students. They have added free home learning packs during the school closures.
- YouTube – Lots of free videos, such as craft activities.
- Quizlet - Website to help students study information through interactive tools and games.
- tes – Teacher-created learning resources designed to engage both primary and secondary students.
- BBC Teach - Video clips to support learning from primary to secondary (up to GCSE).
The following sites have some useful resources, however, you may need to register to create a log-in. Please always read the terms and conditions carefully before agreeing. Some sites may require you to pay an additional fee to use their resources:
- S-Cool (more for GCSE)
The following sites require you to use alternative web browsers such as: Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
- Seneca learning - you will need to create a sign up if you don’t already have one.
- Victa parents
- Gov.uk - DFEs list of suitable web links
GCSE revision materials
|GCSE resources||Revision world||Victa parents
|Key stage 3||Secondary teaching resources|
|Maths||Corbett Maths||Hegarty Maths *||Teachit Maths|
|Physics||Physics and Maths Tutor – Physics revision|
|Chemistry||Physics and Maths Tutor – Chemistry revision|
|Biology||Physics and Maths Tutor – Biology revision|
|R.E.||Revision World – R.E.
|Geography||Revision World - Geography
*you may need to contact your school to see if they have log in details.
You may find some more useful information for you and your child on View
- Coping during the pandemic
- Looking after your guide dog
- Keeping a child with sight loss active and engaged
- Helping your visually impaired child learn at home
- Preparing for a new school or key stage - your questions answered
- Tips for people with sight loss when travelling on public transport
- Face coverings guidance