Every child should have an eye test

Posted on 21 April 2016 (Permalink)

Rebalancing the Outer Estates Charity is delighted to have initiated the first school to do Eye Tests and will be working with Boots to roll the programme out across the whole of Nottm North.


Nottingham School Children See the Difference

MP Graham Allen learns about eye health at Bilborough’s Jubilee L.E.A.D Academy School

Boots Opticians is contiuing work with its ground breaking Schools Vision Screening Programme aimed at three-11 year olds to reach the estimated 1 million1 children who have undiagnosed eye conditions in the UK.

According to national screening guidelines, all children aged four and five should be offered a vision test, however a recent report by the College of Optometrists found that less than a third of local authorities are providing them2 and a quarter of parents have never taken their child for an eye check3. Children’s eyes continue to develop up until around the age of eight, giving the opportunity to potentially correct any issues at an early age and therefore open up further education, sport and extra-curricular activities.

Since the free programme was launched in 2013, Boots Opticians has been working in partnership with the L.E.A.D Academy trust in Nottingham. Teams of volunteers have lined up to provide reading support at four of the academies in the Trust (Edna G Olds, St Ann’s Well, Jubilee and Radford) where many of the pupils speak English as a second language.   Volunteers have also led whole-school assemblies at both Edna G Olds and Radford and taken the Boots Opticians Schools Challenge bus to entertain and inform parents and pupils on the importance of eye health and reading for enjoyment.                         

Local Labour MP for Nottingham North, Graham Allen will be welcomed on Friday (22nd April) to Jubilee Primary School in Bilborough where he will able to learn first hand the positive impact the programme can make within the community and in promoting social mobility and inclusion. 

Graham Allen MP (Labour, Nottingham North) comments:  “It will be a pleasure to see how Boots Opticians is bringing vision screening out into the community so that we can make a difference to the lives of children across Nottingham North who might be in need of further help with their sight, enabling them to take part fully in school life and in the life of their wider local community.”

The day is an opportunity for Boots Opticians to showcase to parents, carers and teachers alike how the Schools Vision Screening Programme works, with interactive stations set up in the school hall and fun reading and listening sessions also available.

During his visit Mr Allen will also discover how Zookeeper Zoe, a free, fun eye check storybook is enjoyed by the school children. The book, developed in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust, contains a range of interactive eye check activities to help parents and carers understand if their child might need support with their vision.


Ben Fletcher, Managing Director at Boots Opticians comments: “We strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn and good vision is key to helping children reach their full potential. Our ambition goes beyond an eye check; we are investing in a child’s future by reaching out to hundreds of children in schools across Nottingham, with undiagnosed eye conditions. Our new programme allows teachers to check a child’s visual capability while in school and bring the importance of eye health to life in the classroom. Through our new screening programme, we are championing every child’s right to good eye health from a young age and helping them to continue this throughout their adult life.”


Tony Wrench, Deputy Head Teach at the Jubilee L.E.A.D Academy, adds; “We will be delighted to welcome Mr Allen to the academy and to demonstrate this brilliant programme which gives the staff and parents and carers a good insight into each child’s eyesight. The children will love being part of a fantastic fun day with Boots Opticians.

Schools can register for the Schools Vision Screening Programme at www.bootsvisionscreen.co.uk