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Supporting Students with a Visual Impairment (SSVI)

5 hours (online) - £110 (for an unlimited number of delegates)

This five hour course is designed for SENCos, teachers, teaching assistants and tutors who wish to find out more about visual impairment and how to support students in the classroom.

The course will cover:

  • Terminology
  • What is visual impairment, causes
  • How is vision measured
  • Signs to watch out for
  • Roles for supporting students with VI
  • Improving the environment
  • The curriculum
  • Modifying text and materials
  • Using technology
  • Access Arrangements

The course tutor is Joanne Fallon.

Joanne Fallon

Joanne Fallon

Jo is a qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) who has worked with all ages from pre-school to further education since 1987. She worked in a London peripatetic service supporting children with a visual impairment for 15 years, serving 6 of the London Boroughs as well as heading a nursery. After working with Children with Severe Learning Difficulties in Melbourne Australia, Jo took on the role of Senior Advisory Teacher for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment in East Sussex, alongside volunteering with a local Association for the Blind.

This course is designed to be administered in one of two ways:

  1. Ideally a group of staff will be able to access the course together at the same time. For this we recommend that you use a digital projector and large screen with speakers to amplify the presentation.
  2. If one or two staff members are unable to make the group session, the centre administrator (i.e. the person who was sent the login details, password etc) can arrange for individual staff members to access the course on a PC with headphones. Please note that due to the login requirements it is only possible for one person to be accessing the course at one time using this method.

You will have 10 days from the start date you choose to login and view the course – you can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10 day period, and there is not a maximum number of delegates for the total course fee. All delegates must all be from your school or college, you can’t use the course to train staff from other centres. We do not provide individual certificates for delegates attending this course, but on request we can provide a certificate confirming that your school or college accessed the training. You may wish to add the name of each delegate who attended the course to this certificate so that they have a personalised copy for their CPD file.

Our course tutors can come to your school or college to run the training face to face. Please email for more information (admin at communicate-ed dot org dot uk).

To view our 5 minute Introduction to Communicate-ed Online video please CLICK HERE.

For over a decade we have been running courses across the country, aiming to provide high quality, value for money training for education professionals working in the area of special needs. Many of our delegates are telling us that it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to take the opportunity to attend courses ‘off-site’. In response to this, we now offer a number of online training courses, focusing on Examination Access Arrangements, Assessment, and Supporting SEN Students.

With the internet now so accessible, the advantages of online courses are clear:

  • They can be accessed at the delegate’s convenience, in the workplace or home
  • Delegates don’t need to travel, saving time and transport costs
  • Running costs are lower, allowing us to pass savings on to our delegates
  • We can offer significant discounts for colleagues accessing the same course

Courses can be viewed at any time, and in any venue where there is a good internet reception.

You will have 10 days (or for some courses 20 days) from the start date you choose to login and view the course. You can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10/20 day period.

Please note that if you book as a group using one of our second or subsequent delegate discounts, due to the login requirements, it is only possible for one login at a time to be used to access the course. It won’t be possible for more than one delegate to be accessing the course on different computers at the same time.

If a group of delegates are accessing a course together, all delegates must be from your school/college; you can’t use the course to train staff from other centres.

N.B. Delegates will need a good broadband connection to access our online courses.


  • Early Bird £110.00
  • Standard £120.00

Early Bird rate applies to bookings received up to

  • 14 days before your chosen course date (online courses)
  • 21 days before your chosen course date (Face to Face courses)

How do I book?

You can book online using the form below. You can Pay online, or we can supply you with an invoice.

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