Under ConstructionWelcome 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.  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.

As you may have noticed, we're making lots of changes to the site at the moment.  Following our agreement with the DfE for a further year of Grant Funding (see below) we're re-shaping the site to make it easier to find things.  Please bear with us while we get things re-organised.

Auditory Processing Disorder - education briefing note

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is described as a condition where a person has difficulty making sense of the sounds they hear. BATOD and the British Society of Audiology (BSA) have previously published position papers on APD. There is increasing awareness of the condition and young people are often referred to Sensory Services for advice.

At the request of Heads of Services for SI NatSIP, BATOD and BSA were asked to collaborate to write a briefing paper which brings together some of the available information for educational professionals. The NatSIP briefing note on APD can be downloaded here, once registered and logged on to the website: Auditory Processing Disorder


NatSIP in a new relationship with DfE from 1st April 2015

Following the successful delivery of the NatSIP contract with DfE from April 2013 to 31st March 2015, we are pleased to announce that we have secured grant funding for one year from the DfE to continue as their strategic partner for Sensory Impairment from 1st April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

NatSIP will continue to support the workforce (sensory and wider workforce) to implement the SEND reforms through improving understanding about how to deliver better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

We will do this through the following Aims:

  • Continue SI data collection and improving co-ordination and usefulness of the data.
  • Increase the number of authorities participating in data collection, ensuring we understand better the links between interventions and outcomes.
  • Link data more closely with development of good practice tools to improve outcomes, across the SI cohort, with increased understanding of how to achieve better outcomes.
  • Improve the ability of SI professionals to use tools and NatSIP materials to increase understanding, capacity and confidence to implement good plans and provision, to secure better outcomes for SI CYP 0-to 25yrs.
  • Give greater understanding across the general SEND workforce about the effective support CYP with SI need in order to achieve good outcomes and when and how to seek additional advice from an available high quality specialist workforce.
  • Increase understanding of parents, carers and young people about what good provision looks like for them and how they should be involved in decision making.
  • Enable local authorities and settings to be able to ensure the right provision is in place to support and improve outcomes for CYP with SI.

HoSS event - 30 June 2015, Birmingham - Save the date - and book now

We are pleased to anounce that booking is now open for the HoSS event 2015. This will take place on 30 June 2015, at the Muirhead Tower on the campus of the University of Birmingham so please save the date and book now! 

You can download:

You need to be registered and logged in to the website to access these items. 

Early-bird bookings received before 5 May 2015 will pay a lower delegate rate.


NatSIP Working Day - 4 June 2015 - Booking now open

We are pleased to announce that booking for the forthcoming NatSIP Working Day on Thursday 4 June 2015 is now open.

The day will be held at Hamilton House in London, and will  focus on Quality Improvement for Sensory Impairment.

We are pleased to welcome Charlie Henry (Ofsted) and Christine Lenehan (CDC) as keynote speakers, who will talk about the Local Area Inspection Framework and CYP Health Framework Outcomes.

Brian Lamb will set the context for Sensory Impairment, and we will also be able to update you on the successful NatSIP bid to DfE for grant funding for 2015-16.

Once you have registered and logged in to this site, you can access more information about the day in this flyer, an agenda for the day, and a booking form which you can complete and email back to us.

We look foward to seeing you.

Update on Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills have announced that they will be postponing some of their planned changes to Disabled Students Allowance. This was in advance of a Judicial Review which the High Court would have heard in April. The Judicial Review was initiated by deaf young person, Zanna, a member of the NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board, with support from NDCS.

The BIS announcement can be found here: http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/products/disabled-students'-allowances/dsas-updates-for-practitioners.aspx

A news article on it can be found at: http://limpingchicken.com/2015/03/12/deaf-news-victory-for-deaf-student-backed-by-ndcs-as-government-backs-down-on-cuts-to-disabled-students-allowance/

New NatSIP Documents and Papers Launched on 4 February 2015

At the NatSIP Working Day on 4 February 2105, Lindsey Rousseau launched a number of new NatSIP resources and papers:

  1. Following the recent Mental Capacity Act 2005 training sessions, Jane Sinson has produced a Guidance Booklet aimed at parents of young people who may be subject to mental capacity assessments under the Act.  This booklet complements the existing NatSIP Capacity Assessment Guidance and Capcity Asssessment Recording Form
  2. NatSIP Post 16 Workstream (WS7) has produced a new report:  Effective practice in transition and provision for young people ages 16-25 with SI: Guidance for Practitioners
  3. An MSI working group, part of the BSL Coalition has produced a briefing paper on Tactile Signing
  4. The MSI workforce development workstream (WS6c) has produced a new report The future learning and development needs for Intervenors
  5. NDCS and NatSIP under the Workforce Development workstream have produced a report NDCS NatSIP Qualiity Standards Resource Provisions and also a Self Evaluation Tool

To download any of these resources, you will need to be registered and logged on to the NatSIP Website.

As with all NatSIP documents and papers, these have been produced with partners who are both subject experts and active practitioners in the SI sector. 

Sense, as part of their VCS grant work with DfE, also launched their Transition Project Pack at NatSIP yesterday. You can find more details on the Sense Website


Benchmarking Exceeds Target!

Thanks to the 96 LAs who have submitted data to this year's benchmarking exercise.
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as at
18 May 2015
Our target was 94. How many more can we achieve this year?


Diary Dates


Thu 4 Jun 2015 10:00 - 16:00


Fri 19 Jun 2015 10:00 - 13:00


Fri 19 Jun 2015 13:00 - 16:30


Tue 30 Jun 2015 09:00 - 17:00


Fri 25 Sep 2015 10:00 - 13:00


Fri 25 Sep 2015 13:00 - 16:30


Thu 1 Oct 2015 10:00 - 16:30