Teacher Training Seminars in Scotland

Three female workshop participants carry out an activity while wearing special glasses that replicate specific types of visual impairment.

Book a place on our free teacher training seminars to gain new skills and knowledge about teaching visually impaired pupils. Practical support and advice is given on a wide range of teaching techniques and skills. 

To book a place: first login (or create an account) and then come back to this page to sign up online, or email learninghub@royalblind.org.

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

This day course on Wednesday 17th May is designed to use participants’ knowledge of ‘sighted guide’ and ‘pre-cane’ skills to look at the rationale behind using them with children and young people who have visual impairment.

The emphasis of the course is to increase the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the techniques, exploring the reasons behind them and demonstrating how they are used.

Participants will be encouraged to evaluate how they currently teach and assist a child or young person with a visual impairment safe travel skills.

Delivering these early skills at the appropriate stage of readiness is crucial. Though we want to avoid dependence and promote independence, entrusting children with the responsibility for their own well-being and safety has to be handled carefully. If there is too much challenge too soon, confidence and progress can be adversely affected. Knowing when to prompt, when to support and when to leave the child to work it out for themselves is vital to their learning and this comes from knowing the child well.

We will be looking at ways of promoting self-esteem of any child or young person with visual impairment and showing how good, consistent and confident use of early travel skills relate to overall mobility independence later in life.

Book now as places are limited for this free event.

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Dates and Times

This seminar is running on the following dates:

  • Weds 17th May 2017, 9:30am to 3.00pm

Location:

  • Royal Blind School, 43 Canaan Lane, Edinburgh EH10 4SG

Presenters

Nancy Pinkerton, Paul Taylor and Angie Bisson, Habilitation Specialists, Royal Blind School


Sign up online

You must be logged in to sign up for this seminar, or email learninghub@royalblind.org.

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

The Royal Blind Learning Hub is hosting a course by the RNIB on Unified English Braille (UEB). This will take place on Thursday 1 June 2017 at the Royal Blind School campus in Morningside, Edinburgh.

The course consists of presentation combined with writing exercises to consolidate the materials. Participants are required to bring a method of writing in braille eg. Perkins Brailler or laptop with Perky Duck.

The course covers the main differences between Standard English Braille (SEB) and Unified English Braille (UEB) covering changes to contractions, punctuation, accent signs, typeforms, arithmetic and numbers.

As this course is being delivered by RNIB there is a charge of £50 per person.

If you sign up online you must confirm payments details via email or telephone. 

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Dates and Times

This course is running on the following dates:

  • 1st June 2017, 10am to 4pm

Location:

  • Royal Blind School, 43 Canaan Lane, Edinburgh EH10 4SG

Presenters

James Bowden, RNIB

Cost

£50 per person - please confirm payment details by email or telephone.

Sign up online

You must be logged in to sign up for this seminar, or email learninghub@royalblind.org.

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.