Colour Vision Deficiency: Children and Young People

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th September 2021.

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Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Conservative, North West Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether supporting children and young people with colour blindness is covered in teacher training programmes.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Quality of teaching is the most important in school factor for improving the outcomes for all children. This is particularly important for pupils with additional needs.

The Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework (ITT CCF), published in November 2019, has been designed around how to support all pupils to succeed and seeks to widen access for all, including those pupils identified within the four areas of need set out in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice.

The ITT CCF is based on the best peer-reviewed evidence about what works and is designed to emphasise the importance of high quality teaching. The framework therefore deliberately does not detail approaches specific to particular additional needs, but what makes the most effective teaching.

In addition to the mandated minimum set out in the ITT CCF, the Department expects ITT providers and their partners to continue to tailor their curricula to the needs of their trainees and for the subject, phase and age range that the trainees will be teaching. Where relevant, this may include specific training for supporting children and young people with colour blindness.

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