Free eye checks to improve educational attainment

The importance of good vision during the formative years was understood over 100 years ago in the UK and led to the introduction of routine vision screening before school. But drawing on his own daughter’s experience in primary school, Professor David Thomson, an eminent member of The College of Optometrists, became aware in the 1990s that many children with vision problems were not being detected by this pre-school screening.

This is the reason why Thomson Screening, a company formed by City University, London, has developed revolutionary software, called SchoolScreener EZ™. Through a partnership between Thomson Screening, Tablet Academy and Specsavers all schools in the UK have the opportunity to offer their children quick and comprehensive vision screening which can only have positive results on students’ learning achievements. The evidence indicates that some children’s learning capacity can be transformed by this simple three minute test.

Tablet Academy is a nationwide independent consultancy specialising in the use of innovative technologies in schools. Their consultants will provide advice about Technical using SchoolScreener EZ™ software on all well known devices that schools are likely to have: desktops, laptops and tablets both PC and Apple.

For further information, please see or email Michael Ter-Berg, CEO, Thomson Screening (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

For a short video on the software and to register for access, schools should visit

Also at BETT 2016, Excel, London (, 20th - 23rd January, Tablet Academy will be demonstrating the vision SchoolScreenerEZ screening solution at BETT 2016 alongside specialists from Thomson Screening. Visit the Hands-on Live Theatre to have your own vision tested, and sign up your school there and then.