See Better to Learn Better

Undiagnosed vision problems can adversely impact learning, behaviour, welfare and even inclusion.

Children’s eyesight can change as they grow and especially due to impact of Covid, there is a huge increase in children with short sight (myopia), due to increased screen time.

That’s why it’s important to check their eyes regularly. The earlier we work out which children are at-risk, the sooner we can focus resources.

By using SchoolScreener for Schools Vision, in 2 or 3 minutes you’ll know if that child needs an optometrist eye test or not. It doesn’t diagnose, you won’t be prescribing glasses, that’s for the clinicians. But understanding the child’s needs can help teaching staff to accommodate that child better in class.

All you need is internet access and a laptop. After the vision check, the software automatically generates letters for parents whose children fail their check recommending they take their child for a full clinical assessment.

There’s no need for charts and the app automatically records the vision check results and instantly alerts if the child needs further examination. On-screen prompts are age-appropriate (Thomson the Teddy for KS1 and 2) and available in up to 50  languages.

Any colleague can use it; teachers, TAs, school nurses or SEND specialists. There’s a minimal period of learning how to set up and use it (20 minutes, or less).

See the Video

As part of its Apex Project to ‘eliminate avoidable literacy failure’ the Fischer Family Foundation, assessed the software in primary schools. They found:

  • ‘Over 20% of children had a potential sight problem, not previously known about.’ This was despite most of them having been checked by school nurses at Reception age school entry.
  • Over 75% of those recommended to see an optometrist in the above pilot study did attend. Of those, 64% needed an intervention, usually glasses.

This video includes interviews with the head teacher and key staff involved at one of those schools. It’s illuminating and well worth watching. A little over 8 minutes long, it shows in some detail how they achieved these results, how the pupils and school benefitted and how they feel about it.

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We’d love to show you SchoolScreener for Schools Vision. The application, how it works and how it can help your school.

To schedule an online demonstration, please contact us,  without delay.

And by way of thanks, we’ll send you a lovely new, insulated travel mug after the demo.

Offer valid until 31st January 2024. Demonstartion to be booked any weekday before 28th February 2024. Tumbler will be dispatched up to 7 days after the demonstrartion takes place. One per person.

Join Our Webinar:

Remove Barriers to Education:

Identify and Support Pupils with Vision and Hearing Problems

Thursday 7th December, 4.30 – 5.30pm

Vision and hearing problems are common among children and can act as a significant barrier to educational and social development.

This webinar will consider the prevalence of vision and hearing problems and their potential impact on a child’s development. Experts will discuss how these problems often go undetected, what we can do to help identify them, and how we can subsequently support these pupils in a school environment.

Join Professor David Thomson, Dr Sebastian Hendricks and an expert panel of school leaders as they discuss how these problems often go undetected. Also, what we can do to help identify them, and how we can subsequently support these pupils in a school environment. 

We’ll consider the implications for educational and social development, including inclusion, pupil welfare, academic progress, and pastoral care. We’ll also discuss how the behaviour of children with undetected vision or hearing deficits can present as challenging in the school environment.

The NHS is supposed to screen all children of reception age, but provision is patchy across the country and screening doesn’t take into account related issues such as colour-blindness. We will discuss the implications of this for schools.

The webinar will also touch upon the impact of COVID on pupils’ speech and language development and myopia (short-sightedness). 

professor David Thomson

Professor David Thomson

dr sebastian hendricks

Dr Sebastian Hendricks