Teacher Training Seminars in Scotland

Two people wearing VI simulation glasses throw a bean bag between themselves

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.

Teachers at a seminar are clapping and smilingThis seminar is aimed at:

  • Mainstream teachers and support staff who support a blind or partially sighted child in their class.  

The day will cover:

  • Presentations on the impact of vision impairment on children and young people, including the educational challenges that particular conditions bring as well as consideration of social and emotional issues.
  • Practical activities including working with magnifiers, large print and Braille, iPads, mobility issues and adapting materials.

There will be opportunities for follow up activities and professional dialogue online on the Learning Hub website after the event.

Dates and Locations

This seminar is running on the following dates:

28 September @ The Renfield Centre Ltd, Glasgow, 9:30am - 15:30pm
5 October @ the Dewars Centre, Perth, 9:30am - 15:30pm
2 November @ the Rheged Centre, Penrith, 9:30am - 15:30pm

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided. 

Presenter

Sally Paterson, Royal Blind Learning Hub Manager


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

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

Fingers feel a 3D tactile graphic of a star in a bookThe Royal Blind Learning Hub is hosting a day for teaching and support staff to learn the skills of producing tactile illustrations for their early years pupils. This will take place on Thursday 26th October 2017 at the Royal Blind School campus in Morningside, Edinburgh.

The day will include a practical guide to producing early years tactile graphics and illustrations. The day will explore the relationships between real objects and representations, methods of producing tactile graphics and give hands on experience of creating resources for blind and visually impaired pupils.

This workshop is for producing early years tactile resources from object books to simple raised pictures. 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:

  • 26th October 2017, 9:30am to 15:00pm

Location:

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

Presenter

Sally Paterson, Royal Blind Learning Hub Manager


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

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

Graeme Innes from Smart Box holds an Eye Gaze screen

This event will explore the use of Eye Gaze as a visual assessment tool and its role in early communication strategies. It will be delivered using a combination of presentations and practical workshops.

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Dates and Times

This seminar is running on the following dates:

  • 8th November 2017, 09:30am to 15:30pm

Location:

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

Presenters

Graeme Innes (Smart Box)
Sarah Raheja (NHS Speech and Language Therapy)


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

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

Hands hold a tactile graphic of a mug of hot chocolate

This two day course will involve practical pre braille skills activities and awareness raising of challenges experienced by the tactile learner. It will consider teaching braille from early years to older children with acquired sight loss. The days will also cover traditional approaches to teaching braille and also the braille literacy encouraged by the meaning centred approach.

There will be some consideration of current braille technology and time for discussion of pupil support needs.

This course is suitable for practitioners supporting braille users, especially in mainstream education at any stage of development.

Book now as places are limited for this free event.

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Now fully booked. Please email learninghub@royalblind.org to add your name to our waiting list.

Dates and Times

This is a two day seminar and is running on the following dates:

  • 14th November 2017, 09:30am to 15:30pm
  • 15th November 2017, 09:30am to 15:30pm

Location:

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

Presenters

Elaine Brackenridge (Head Teacher RBS)
Pam Young (Chartered Teacher, QTVI, RBS)
Sally Paterson (QTVI, Learning Hub Manager)

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

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

Therapist uses the Canaan Barrie sign for "morning"The Royal Blind Learning Hub is hosting a day for teaching and support staff to learn the skills used in communicating with learners with complex needs and visual impairment that are at an early stage of development. This will take place on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at the Royal Blind School campus in Morningside, Edinburgh.

The day will explore early stage, pre-intentional communication and child centred strategies such as movement communication.

It will also demonstrate how these skills can be transferred to wider educational experiences.

This course is suitable for teachers and other professionals involved in teaching children with complex needs and visual impairment.

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:

  • 7th February 2018, 09:30am to 15:00pm

Location:

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

Presenters

Karen Boyd, Royal Blind School
Louise Buggy, Royal Blind School

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

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

Pupils in costume on stage for the Royal Blind Christmas Show

Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Dates and Times

This seminar is running on the following dates:

  • 25th January 2018, 09:30am to 15:30pm

Location:

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

Presenters

Aine Murphy, Drama Teacher, Royal Blind School


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

Or call us on 0131 446 3128.

Two pupils with visual impairment throw foam javelinsThe Royal Blind Learning Hub is hosting a day for teachers, support staff and therapists to learn activities that can be used in physical education with young people with complex needs and visual impairment. This will take place on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at the Royal Blind School campus in Morningside, Edinburgh.

The day will include practical support, ideas and activities to use with individuals and groups of pupils

This course is suitable for teachers, support staff and therapists working with children and young people with visual impairment and complex needs.

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:

  • 20th February 2018, 09:30am to 15:30pm

Location:

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

Presenters

Sandy Lunan, Royal Blind School
Timothy Shearman, 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.

Music teacher plays the trumpet for a pupil with vision impairment and complex needs

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:

  • 7th March 2018, 09:30am to 15:30pm

Location:

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

Presenters

Royal Blind School staff

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.