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.

NatSIP has today (26 May 2016) published an updated breifing note on Additional funding for YP with SI in apprenticeships.

Written by Brian Gale and Martin McLean of the National Deaf Children's Society, this brefind note discussed the available sources of funding to support young people with sensory impairment in apprenticeships, including:

  • what sources of funding are available
  • access critera for each source
  • how and when to apply
  • how to support a YP in making an application

The briefing note can be downloaded pdf here (registration and login required).


We are pleased to announce that presentations from the successful NatSIP National Working Day on 25 May 2016 are now available for download.

The suite available presentations can be found folder here (once regsitered and logged in).

Individual presentations can be found below:

As some of the presenters used graphics and video clips in their presentations, some of these downloads are very large.

We are pleased to annouce a fifth in the series of MSI Twilight Training Events

Date:  Monday 6 June 2016
Time:  16:00 - 18:00
Venue:  Old Park School, Thorns Road, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 2JY

This event will provide you the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in intervenor professional standards and to share issues and good practice with fellow intervenors. It will also contribute to your continuing professional development.

As always, there will be the opportunity for open discussion and sharing of experiences, as your valued opinions shape the development of future training for intervenors.

We are excited to announce the keynote speaker for the event will be David Brown, Deaf-blind Educational Specialist. He will be speaking live from the USA in an interactive webinar on MSI and self-regulation.

Please bring along any resources you have found useful as we are all always on the lookout for new ideas.

To book your free place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NDCS has produced some information for deaf young people including a BSL/subtitled video that explains the latest on the DSA changes including what is meant by a ‘specialised notetaker’ and what they should do if there are any problems getting the support needed.


We are pleased to announce the publication of materials for a new training workshop for young people with sensory impairment

Think Right Feel Good - Self-Advocacy Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to help young people with sensory impairment develop the skills to advocate for themselves in social, school/college and employment situations.

The materials available include a facilitator's kit containing everything you need to hold the workshop, and a set of individual documents in editable MS Word .docx format so that you can easily edit and customise the training to your own specific needs.

The materials are available in the document library (registration/login required).

Our thanks go to the authors and all those in the different organisations who supported and were involved in the development of the workshop.


The NatSIP National Working Day on 25th May was attended by 70 delegates

Date: Wednesday 25 May 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:100
Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road


The day included:

  • A keynote address from André Imich on developments at DfE, including Local Area inspections, Multi Academy Trusts, etc. André is well known to NatSIP colleagues for his interest in the outcomes for CYP with SI and has worked with us in identifying what a good outcome might look like in an EHC plan
  • Martin McLean took us through the complexity of the latest funding arrangements and opportunities for post 16 students
  • Brian Lamb summarised developments in the context of SI CYP in the ways that parents can continue to help schools and services evidence impact in the context of Ofsted and CQC inspections
  • An update about the NatSIP workstreams within the DfE contract programme was outlined by Lindsey Rousseau
  • Working groups topics were:
    • Outcomes benchmarking
    • SI workforce development - a CPD framework
    • Using the NatSIP Quality Standards to prepare for Local Area inspections
    • Preparing SI young poeple for apprenticeships
    • Using technology for improving access and outcomes

Presentations from the day will be available here soon.