Sight is incredibly important to a child’s learning and development; and ensuring the correct eye care is enforced in their early years can prevent serious sight problems later on in life.
We are thrilled to have achieved the Nasen 2019 Provision of the Year Award for our work alongside SeeAbility in their Children in Focus Campaign Partnership.
Research carried out by SeeAbility has found that children with learning difficulties:
- Are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children.
- Often not accessing the eye care that they need.
- Over four in ten pupils have no history of sight tests or eye care.
- Half of the children seen have had a problem with their eyes or vision.
Their research proves that thousands of children with disabilities across the country are missing out on the eye care that they need – but there is no national plan in place to meet these needs.
SeeAbility will be providing eye tests for all our pupils at school this year; and we invite all parents to take advantage of this opportunity if they so wish. Parents should have received information and permission letters; if you require further information please contact Debbie at Lower School or Danielle at Upper School and they can put parents in contact with SeeAbility.
Further information, including their reflections on the past year, key findings, details of their service and future areas of work is accessible in their report and press release:
At Perseid School, we understand the importance of the correct eye care and its contribution to a child’s learning and development. Research carried out by SeeAbility has highlighted that children with significant learning difficulties are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children and not accessing the eye care they need.
We are incredibly grateful to SeeAbility for the opportunity they provide our pupils, delivering specialist sight tests and dispensing glasses at our school since 2013, allowing our pupils to continue their learning and development, with the eye care that they vitally need and deserve.
Tina Harvey, Executive Headteacher
Perseid and SeeAbility in the press:
We are thrilled to have been recognised for our dedication and efforts, in ensuring our pupils receive the correct eye care and regular check-ups, however this would not be possible if not for our long-standing partnership with SeeAbility.
ABDO, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, represents 6,361 qualified dispensing opticians in the UK. In October 2019, ABDO published an online article focused on MP Siobhain McDonagh attendance at Perseid School for the launch of a groundbreaking report launched by SeeAbility and our work together, please visit here to read and the Dispensing Optics magazine article here.
We participated in a research piece led by SeeAbility , investigating the eye care needs of the special schools population across England. Published in PLOSONE, an international peer reviewed journal, research is available to view here.
For further information about the work that SeeAbility does with Perseid School and how it benefits our pupils, take a look at the article published by the Wimbledon Guardian.
In May, Executive Headteacher Tina Harvey was interviewed by the BBC World Service regarding the benefits that the relationship with SeeAbility has on the individual child, including the benefits of regular eye tests and ensuring the appropriate eye care. To listen, please follow the link here.
As the first school to offer all of their pupils a SeeAbility eye care service in the school environment, Perseid School have provided exceptional support in developing the service. Leadership and teaching staff have at each step of our pilot –from the inception and planning stage to where we are now in the 5th year of providing the service, offered practical and logistical support. Perseid have been instrumental in allowing SeeAbility to develop an innovative model of eye care, spectacle provision and vision information sharing to optimally support the visual needs and abilities of all pupils. This model of care has now become a recommended standard for all special school pupils in England.
Lisa Donaldson, Head of Eye Care, SeeAbility