Welcome to the NatSIP Website

This website offers access to a wealth of SI resources, most of which are behind a login wall: you need to be registered on the site and logged in before you can access them.

Also, you can't use (or see) the site search until you have logged in.

We ask you to register not because we are checking up on anyone, but because we need to show to the DfE and other organisations supporting NatSIP that our resources are being used in the SI community.

Registration is free, and open to anyone.  A walkthrough/howto on the registration process is here.

RNIB colleagues are giving advance notice that on 22 May the organisation will be sending a Freedom of Information (FOI) questionnaire about VI services to every local authority in England.

The last FOI was carried out in 2015 and RNIB now need to obtain up to date information on the current situation, and to monitor any changes, so they can continue their work to protect education services for children and young people with VI from local authority cuts. They hope that the information collected will be valuable and useful.

The questionnaire for each LA will be sent to the Information Access Officer, who should then pass it to the VI manager to complete. It is really important that a completed questionnaire is returned from all 152 LAs so that a State of the Nation report can be published. The previous, 2015 report, can be downloaded from: https://www.rnib.org.uk/knowledge-and-research-hub-research-reports-education-research/vi-service-provision-2015

For further information please email Sue Keil or Rory Cobb: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

NDCS have updated their guidance to explain what radio aids are and how they can help deaf children. It describes the different types of radio aid systems and how to use and look after them. It also looks at classroom soundfield systems and acoustics.

The guide can be downloaded from the NDCS website. Member login is required (but membership is free). Alternatively, paper copies can be ordered from NDCS Freephone Helpline (0808 800 8880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

NDCS also recently worked with the FM Working Group to update the Quality Standards for the Use of Personal Radio Aids, available from http://www.ndcs.org.uk/professional_support/our_resources/education_resources.html#contentblock25. This resource is online only.

67 colleagues joined us for the NatSIP Working Day in London on 9 May 2017.  The day, entitled Demonstrating Impact: SI interventions improving outcomes for children and young people with SI, was well reviewed by attendees. Presentations from the day are now available for download.

The following files are available:

You need to be registered and logged in to the NatSIP website before you can follow the above links.

We have today (3 May 2017) published a new Guidance Document: Just Enough Support , which includes and provides guidance on supporting young people with sensory impairment in Further Education.

The document has been written with contributions from HI and VI professionals, input from young people with SI, and input from Dorton College and West Kent College.

The following document is available:

You will need to be registered and logged in to the NatSIP website before clicking on the above link.

We are pleased to announce that we have today (26 April 2017) published a new Guidance Document on Easy Access Technology, which includes an evaluation tool for SI specialists considering the introduction or evaluation of new technology.  Both can be found in the folder document library .

The following documents are available:

You will need to be registered and logged in to the NatSIP website before clicking on the above links.

 

We are pleased to announce that the 10 NatSIP Model EHC Plans which were written/revised in March 2017 for publication are all now available for download in the document library. Many thanks to all NatSIP colleagues who contributed to this work.

The following folder Model EHC Plans are available:

  •   pdf Chloe - a child with multi-sensory impairment, aged two years ten months
  •   pdf Daniel - a young person with a hearing impairment, aged eighteen.
  •   pdf Eva - a child with vision impairment, aged nine
  •   pdf Hannah - a young person with a vision impairment, aged sixteen
  •   pdf James - a young person with multi-sensory impairment, aged seventeen
  •   pdf Raj - a child with multi-sensory impairment, aged five
  •   pdf Robert - a child with hearing impairment, aged eleven
  •   pdf Rosie - a child with a vision impairment, aged three
  •   pdf Ruby - a child with hearing impairment, aged three
  •   pdf Steven - a child with a vision impairment, aged five

You will need to be registed on the NatSIP website and logged in before you click on any of the above links.

The NatSIP Reference Group's report to the DfE on work carried out in the fourth quarter (January to March 2017) for the contract for 2016-17 has now been published and can be downloaded pdf here .  (You need to register and be logged in to the NatSIP website before clicking on this link).

You may be interested in these case studies of effective or innovative practice in VI services that have just gone onto the RNIB website: https://www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-advice-professionals-education-professionals/maintaining-quality-provision

RNIB colleagues have published research briefings on VI data. These can be accessed on the RNIB website through this link:

http://www.rnib.org.uk/who-we-are-knowledge-and-research-hub-research-reports-education-research/sen-briefing-2016

 

A big thank-you to all of the LA Sensory Support Services who have submitted data for the seventh annual NatSIP Outcomes Benchmarking excercise.

As of today (31 March 2017) 101 LAs are represented in the submitted data.  This means that the target of 100+ LAs included within the DfE contract has once again been achieved.  The final number of LAs is likely to rise even higher with the online submission system remaining open until Friday 7 April 2017

The early achievement of this target, in comparison with the usual beginning of June in previous years, will enable the reporting to take place well in advance of the end of June deadline, which will hopefully be more helpful to services in terms of development planning.

A consultation issued today on reforms to the primary assessment system.  See:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-consult-on-reforms-to-primary-assessment-system

The government has also launched a parallel consultation on the recommendations of the independent Rochford Review, to look at how the school assessment system successfully tracks the progress of children of all abilities.

Today, Monday 20 March 2017, as part of the work of the Technology workstream, NatSIP has published a new briefing note on LENA - the Language Environment Analysis Tool.

The briefing note is available pdf here in the Document Library. You will need to be registered on the NatSIP website and logged in to follow this link.

Today, 8 March 2017, NatSIP has launched its new Sensory Learning Hub, a central resource for the sensory impairment community.  It hosts trusted information about sensory impairment and a hub of discussion, shared ideas and resources.

It is aimed at the mainstream workforce (teachers, SENCos and Teaching Assistants) as well as specialist practitioners (qualified SI teachers and therapists).

Once logged in to the web site, you can access the Sensory Learning Hub from the menu above.

We want the sensory impairment community to access the hub to gain and share information. The hub has been designed to be interactive, a place to ask questions, share good ideas as well as tap into resources or access two new  What works databases for Teaching and Learning and Technology.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on this exciting new development.

NDCS has published new quality standards for the use of personal radio aids. This replaces the previous quality standards on radio aid systems.

See: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/document.rm?id=9697

The quality standards have been published in collaboration with the UK Children’s FM Working Group.