Approximately 15% of school children have a problem with their vision and a further 20% have some hearing loss. Children with vision and hearing problems can find it difficult to fully engage in the classroom and this in turn can impact on their social and educational development.

Thomson Screening, a spin-out company from City University London, is at the forefront of developing software to manage vision, hearing and height/weight screening in schools. We currently offer two cutting-edge software solutions – School Screener for local authorities 2See for schools. Both systems have been developed by scientists at City University and have been shown to provide the most effective solution to providing high quality screening.

School Screener

The School Screener system is designed to manage vision, hearing and height/weight screening across multiple schools in an area. The system is already in use by local authorities across the UK and a number in the US, Europe and Africa.

The School Screener system combines a user-friendly app running on a laptop and a powerful cloud-based server which co-ordinates the collation of data, generates reports, tracks children through the referral pathway and provides real time audit data.

Key features:

  • Detect common vision and hearing problems in just a few minutes
  • The software manages the entire screening process from initial screening, administration (including personalised letters to parents/carers), management of the referral pathway and feedback to schools.
  • Managers have access to detailed management information and audit allowing timely interventions and decision making on resource allocation and quality control
  • Fully complies with recommendations of National Screening Committee
  • Fewer false positives saves costs in secondary care and saves time for clinicians, children and their parents.
“The School Screener Software has substantially improved the effectiveness of school screening with benefits for children’s development and cost savings for Special Needs”
“Over the past year Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has used the School Screener software to manage vision screening for all reception age children in the county.
“The software has proved easy to use and delivered benefits rapidly, enabling Band 2s to successfully deliver screening across the county and improving the team’s efficiency and effectiveness through the software managing testing, administration, pathway management and audit. As a result, the Trust has now decided to extend use of the School Screener software, agreeing a three-year contract to include hearing and BMI screening in addition to vision, for all reception children.”
Debbie Winter-Taylor, public health nursing lead


2See is designed to enable schools to simply and efficiently identify children who may have a problem with their eyes. It is very simple to use and does not require any prior knowledge of the eyes or vision. It may be used by anybody prepared to spend a few minutes familiarizing themselves with the system. Teachers, teaching assistants, admin staff or even parents are successfully using the program across the country.

The software is designed to be used with children between the age of 4 and 16. In some schools, vision testing is carried out in every year. In others, testing is carried out at certain key stages, for example 5, 7, 11 and 14 years. The test only takes a few minutes and the software automatically generates personalised letters to inform parents of the outcome.

Key features:

  • Detect common vision problems in just a few minutes
  • No specialist skills required to carry out test
  • Detect vision problems before they start to affect a child’s educational development
  • Add vision testing to the portfolio of services offered by your school
“As an independent school we are not included in the screening scheme organised by the local authority. This system allows us to do our own at key stages of children’s progress through the school”
“The local authority check the children’s vision at the age of 5. But we find that many children develop eye problems after this. This why we have introduce our own testing at the age of 7 and 10″.