Resource for pupils with Visual Impairment
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OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Toynbee School Resource is committed to providing a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment that will maximise educational opportunities and potential for independence for all pupils with visual impairment.
'Inclusion towards Independence'
The Toynbee School Resource built in 1996 is the only purpose built secondary resource that is fully equipped to support the needs of pupils with visual impairment in Hampshire.
The support team consists of two Qualified Teachers of Visual Impairment, a High Level Teaching Assistant, a Reprographic Technician and 14 Learning Support Assistants who are all very experienced and specially trained in working with pupils with visual impairment.
Pupils who attend the resource have a Statement of Special Educational Needs with Visual Impairment as their primary need. The pupils enjoy full mainstream inclusion and access to the National Curriculum. An additional curriculum of Braille, touch typing/keyboard and life /independent living skills is also provided in 1:1 sessions within the resource. Mobility officers visit regularly to provide mobility and orientation training in and around the school campus.
The resource provides specialist support within the classroom through the use of Learning Support Assistants as well as with the latest access technology such as laptops and IPADs with assistive software and specialist equipment for large print users and Braillists. Modification of work including tactile diagrams for both large print users and Braillists is also provided.
All pupils in the resource are fully integrated in to the life of the school and take on areas of responsibility, for example within the school council. They take part in school day trips, residentials and clubs after school, such as in Sport, Art, Drama and Music. There is a dedicated sports club called HiVis specifically for the pupils in the resource on Fridays after school.
The Toynbee School Resource is also involved in both in-reach and out-reach programmes as we provide support and opportunities for other children with visual impairment in various educational settings all over Hampshire.
Many of our VI pupils enjoy the sport of Goalball as it plays an important part in their physical fitness programme and enables them to play a team sport. In fact many of our VI pupils have been so talented at this sport they have gone on to become National Champions - see our extra curricular page. If you would like to know what Goalball is all about or play it yourself, have a look at the Youtube video below. The Winchester Goalball Club is where many of our pupils learn this exciting sport and we thank them for letting us link to their video.
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