Kings CopsePrimary School


Welcome toKings CopsePrimary School

VI Unit

Vision Impairment

Alongside our high-quality mainstream provision, Kings Copse is a specialist resource base for Vision Impairment (VI). Our Outreach and Sight Impairment Support provision (OASIS) is led by a Qualified Teacher for Vision Impairment and can cater for up to 10 children in school, providing outreach support for primary school children across the south of the county. Established in September 2008, our resource aims to support children with VI so that they can be included within mainstream education as much as possible. The children have access to the resource base for additional curriculum, such as Braille Literacy, and quiet, concentrated learning to support their development.



Specialist Provision

We provide a wealth of IT and other resources in order to support our pupils with VI. All  pupils with VI have access to their own personalised iPad in class, which provides greater opportunity for independence and peer group working.  Pupils have access to their own laptop and, for children who are registered as severely sight impaired, (no vision), individual Perkins Braillers and Braillenote touch machines, as well as Code Jumper;  a new way for children with vision impairments to learn about coding. The QTVI manages a large team of VI LSAs who support teachers to prepare and provide resources for our pupils who are sight impaired, severely sight impaired and severely sight impaired with no vision.



Inclusive Approach

The VI resource provision enhances every aspect of school life with our mainstream provision enriched as a result. Each year we provide VI awareness training to the staff and pupils. This training gives all of our pupils some experience of the difficulties people with VI face and helps them to understand how they can support children with vision impairment. The sessions also promote health education by encouraging the children to look after their eyes through a healthy life style and regular eye tests.



Parental Support

While most of our children with VI are brought to school by taxi, we make daily contact with all the parents of the children in the resource base through a home-school diary. It is vital that parents feel that they are part of their child’s education. We work hard to include parents in the life of the school wherever possible and support them to attend parents’ evenings, workshops, special events and class assemblies. They are also welcome to visit the school at other times and are invited to meet with the QTVI and class teacher at least once a term to discuss their child’s progress.




Children with vision impairment need additional support to develop appropriate social and emotional skills. In support of this, each week we run VI intervention on a Wednesday afternoon where all the children with VI in school can meet and undertake shared learning activities. Once a term we run VI in-reach for pupils with VI in Hampshire.These sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to meet and make new contacts.



Community Links

The OASIS continually seeks to link with the local community for benefit of our children. The school works with various charities including Guide Dogs and Open Sight, many of which have sent representatives to our in-reach sessions to make links with parents and families.




Our resourced provision is  well-known and highly regarded by parents and professionals. We are extremely effective and continue to offer a high level of support that enables pupils with VI to be fully included in the life of the school and to make excellent progress with their learning and development.