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Hanson School Local Authority Led Resourced Provision for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment

What does it do?
The Local Authority Led Resourced Provision (LARP) works in partnership with Hanson School to provide specialised teaching and support for young people across Bradford who are severely vision impaired. The LARP supports the inclusion of vision impaired pupils in all aspects of the school curriculum and school life. Young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or are attending Hanson and undergoing assessment for needs related to their vision impairment will have access to qualified Teachers of Vision Impairment (QTVIs), Specialist Support Assistants (SSAs), Specialist Technology Officers, and Habilitation Specialists. The resourced provision provides: •    Access to the specialist VI curriculum; o    Specialist teaching from QTVI’s, in Braille, tactile skills and ICT, as well as pre and post teaching of new and challenging concepts. o    Schemes of work to support the above are prepared by QTVIs and are delivered by both QTVIs and SSAs. o    Habilitation lessons from a qualified Habilitation Specialist who teaches pupils about life skills and mobility o    All the VI LARP staff support both the educational and social and emotional needs of the pupils, and high priority is given to independence and social skills development.o    The specialist curriculum work leads to accreditation through AQA •    In class support for those pupils who need it, with an emphasis on independent learning •    Modified enlarged and tactile resources for all areas of the mainstream curriculum •    Access to a range of specialist hardware and software, and IT packages, for all RP pupils •    Regular communication and liaison with mainstream teachers, in order to plan resources, and monitor and evaluate pupil progress •    Continued delivery of training and support for mainstream and support staff to ensure all  pupils with vision impairment achieve their potential. •    Attendance at all school parents’ meetings and school events, by RP teaching staff •    Regular consultation and annual review meetings, to agree and review individual learning targets and progress. •   Assessment and report writing for the Education Health and Care Plan process •    Preparation for adulthood by liaising with settings and local Colleges, to share practice and promote good transitions. •    Home visits, on request according to need •    Opportunities for pupils to meet adult role models, and to participate in specialist activities. •    Parent drop in sessions to support families, to provide training for parents, and to share information about other local organisations and agencies, particularly at times of transition.

Who is it for and is there any eligibility criteria?

The Local Authority Led Resourced Provision provides up to 14 places (Year 7 - 13) for young people who are severely vision impaired, and require more support than a mainstream school could reasonably be expected to provide. Pupils accessing a resourced provision place will meet the assessment criteria for Resourced Provision placement identified in the Bradford Matrix of Need. They will be tactile learners, who use braille and/or specialist technology as their main method of communication, or they will require large print at font 36 or above.

How do I access this provision?

The Local Authority led Resourced Provision is part of Bradford Council’s Low Incidence Team provision for vision impaired children, and referrals are made through the Local Authority Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team.

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