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.
SeeAbility WebsiteResearch 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:
Find out more about the NHS Eye Care Service
A Change in Sight Report 2019
Press Release Special Schools Report 2019
SeeAbility Press Release: Nasen 2019 Provision of the Year
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