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.  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.

Whizz-Kidz survey

This Autumn Whizz-Kidz are launching a campaign aimed at improving transport for wheelchair users. They are keen to hear disabled people’s views – good and bad (and particularly young people and their parents) – on the accessibility of the transport system. This will help shape the direction of the campaign and the views will form the basis of a report to mark the launch.

The poll is aimed at wheelchair users specifically and closes on August 14th.

The link to the survey is here -  http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/get-our-help/young-people/take-our-travel-survey

Please could you share this with others?

Resource provisions - NDCS - model service level agreement

NDCS has updated their model service level agreement that can be used where funding for a resource provision for deaf children has been delegated to a school. It sets out  expectations of what the school should be doing and how the school should be working with the local authority. It has been updated in particular to reflect changes to school funding arrangements.


The agreement can also be accessed from this page: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/professional_support/our_resources/education_resources.html

The resource is England only. If colleagues would find a version for Wales / Scotland / Northern Ireland helpful in the short-term, please do let Ian Noon know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


NatSIP Working Day - 1 October 2015

Booking is now open for the NatSIP working day on Thursday 1st October 2015.

We return to Hamilton House in London to discuss the important theme of improving outcomes for young people with sensory impairment through their participation in decision making. Within the context of the implementation of the SEND reforms this is a developing area and we have keynote speakers from DfE, Council for Disabled Children and Preparation for Adulthood talking about their roles and the involvement with young people. There will be a panel discussion with a question and answer session for delegates. During the afternoon working groups will have a specific focus on NatSIP work with young people with HI, MSI/complex needs and VI. The NatSIP outcomes benchmarking group will also meet.

The following documents are now available:

Please register and log in to the website to access these documents. We look forward to receiving your booking form. Priority booking is available this week for NatSIP affiliates.

Presentations and papers from the 2015 HoSS Conference

A very successful annual HoSS event took place in Birmingham today, 30th June 2015.

Presentations and papers that were in the delegate packs are now available to download here (once you have registered and logged on).


NatSIP DfE Contract April 2013-15 - Impact Report

From April 2013 to April 2015 NatSIP held a contract with the DfE for the provision of specialist information, advice, support and training to improve the outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairments, in the context of the wider SEN reforms.  Following completion of the work programme for the contract we have now published our Contract Impact Report, showing the impact of the work undertaken and objectives fulfilled.  NatSIP partners have been central to these achievments and thanks to their contributions we have exceeded many of the performance indicators agreed with DfE two years ago.

The report also has links to many of the documents and papers NatSIP has produced and the list of these is impressive!

You will need to register and login before you can download the report and we hope that you will find it interesting.

The NatSIP work continues with the grant programme (April 2015 - April 2016) as strategic partner with DfE for sensory impairment. We will continue to share progress as the year goes on.


New play campaign from Sense

Today, (22 June 2015) as part of Deafblind Awareness week 2015, Sense is launching a Case for Play report, which features case studies from some of the families they work with and explains the reasons why Sense has decided to focus on this area.  This will kick off a year of activity around play, including an inquiry to look into the barriers to play in more detail.

The campaign will be focused on the need for better access to play opportunities for children who are deafblind, and children with complex needs.  Play is vitally important for all children, but we know that deafblind children and their families often struggle to access suitable play activities and settings.  Parents and professionals can also need support to learn to ‘tune in’ to children through play, especially where the child has complex communication needs.  The ‘star’ of the campaign is Ernie, a little boy Sense work with who has learned how to communicate through messy play.

The report can be found here: http://www.sense.org.uk/content/play