Mandatory qualifications for specialist teachers of pupils with hearing impairment, vision impairment or multi-sensory impairment.
To teach a class of pupils with hearing impairment (HI), vision impairment (VI), or multi-sensory impairment (MSI), a teacher must hold a mandatory qualification. This qualification is required in addition to qualified teacher status.
The following providers are approved to offer courses leading to the mandatory qualification, against the updated specifications from September 2016.
|Provider||Specialism||Link to course details or contact|
|University of Birmingham||VI, HI and MSI||vision impairment, hearing impairment, multisensory impairment|
|University of Leeds||HI||hearing impairment|
|University of Manchester||HI||hearing impairment|
|Mary Hare School / University of Hertfordshire||HI||hearing impairment|
|University of Edinburgh||VI||vision impairment|
|Liverpool John Moores University / St Vincent’s special school||VI||Phil Carey|
Specifications for mandatory qualifications
For specialist teachers of children and young people with vision impairments (PDF, 154KB, 26 pages)
For specialist teachers of deafblind children and young people (PDF, 208KB, 27 pages)
For specialist teachers of children and young people who are deaf (PDF, 162KB, 28 pages)
We reviewed the mandatory qualification, to ensure that it:
- reflects the changing landscape
- meets the needs of the profession and children and young people with sensory impairment
- meets Department for Education priorities to ensure schools, higher education institutions and others across the sector are working together to develop and provide training
A summary of responses to the consultation and the government’s response can be found on the consultation page.
Published: 10 November 2014
Updated: 3 October 2016
- Updated Mandatory Qualification provider list
- Updates to specifications for Mandatory Qualifications for Sensory Impairment for courses starting September 2016.
- Consultation information updated and a new call for providers.
- Consultation has closed.
- First published.