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.

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

DLA claims - change to guidance on evidence gathering for deaf CYP

An upcoming change to Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) guidance for decision makers gathering evidence for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claims has been announced, which refers specifically to Teachers of the Deaf.

DWP guidance will now specify that a request for a factual report should be sent to a Teacher of the Deaf.

NDCS have been in communication with the DWP to request this change. The old guidance stipulated that evidence should be gathered from schools more generally and NDCS found this was the main cause of unnecessary appeals as the reports were often completed by staff with no expertise in deafness.

The exact wording of the DWPs new guidance for decision makers is:

A request for a factual report should be sent to the Teacher of the Deaf employed by the relevant local authority specialist education support service.  Or, if the child attends a special school for deaf children, a request for a factual report should be sent to the Teacher of the Deaf employed by the school.

Why join BATOD?

BATOD, the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf, (a NatSIP affiliated organisation) have produced a new A4 tri-fold leaflet about the benefits of joining them.

It can be found here on the BATOD website.

Didn't manage to attend the 4 June 2015 Working Day?

If you didn't manage to attend the NatSIP Working Day on 4 June 2015, you can now view a video of Charlie Henry's presentation

You need to register and be logged in to the NatSIP website to access the video.