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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.

Booking is now open for the workshop Quality Improvement: Are you making a difference?

This event will also be available in York on 19 January 2017.

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ
Cost: £50/delegate, reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations

 

This workshop is intended to support specialist sensory services in reviewing the quality of their provision for children and young people with sensory impairment so that they can effectively demonstrate their impact.

It is aimed at heads of sensory services, teachers of the deaf and teachers of children and young people with vision impairment and multi-sensory impairment.

The workshop will:

  • provide an overview of the importance of quality improvement
  • introduce services to the NatSIP quality standards and quality improvement pack
  • facilitate group activities, using self‐audit tools
  • discuss how the quality improvement pack can be used in preparation for Ofsted/Care Quality Commission local area SEND inspections.

By the end of this workshop, it is intended that participants will feel more aware of the tools and resources available to them to show their effectiveness and also feel confident in demonstrating the impact they are making to their commissioners, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

The workshop is led by Tina Wakefield.  Tina, a Teacher of the Deaf, worked as Head of the HI Service and Early Years Inclusion for all Special Educational Needs in a local authority before joining the National Deaf Children’s Society as an educational consultant.

Booking is now open for NatSIP North Regional Working Day - The future of SI services

This event will also be available in Bristol for the South West region on 19 January 2017.

Date: Wednesday 30 November 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Novotel York Centre
Fishergate
York
YO10 4FD
Cost: £50/delegate, reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations

 

There have been many changes in the landscape of SEND and the way services to support children and young people are delivered, with implications for the future of services for CYP with sensory impairment. This seminar forms part of a research project within the NatSIP contract as we look at how structures to ensure a quality service to SI CYP may be maintained.

This NatSIP seminar event is for managers and other members of support services, specialist settngs, VCS, agencies and other organisations working together to secure better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment (CYP with SI).  We encourage colleagues working across educational settngs to attend and explore how the latest initiatives in government legislation are influencing the provision of education for CYP with SI and their families.

During the day:

  • Brian Gale will talk about the implications of changes to SEND funding and how this might impact on the development and delivery of services for SI CYP
  • Brian Lamb will explore the future role of SI services in this new environment
  • there will be an update about the DfE SEND contract holders, for 2016‐17, including NatSIP.

This will be a seminar day with opportunity for delegate discussion

The cost of the day is:
£50/delegate reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.

The following documents are available:

 

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for an event targetted at London-based colleagues:

Event title: Working together for effective SI commissioning
Date: Tuesday 15 November 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue:

Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

This full day event will be of interest to:
Commissioners and Heads of Services in London Local Authorities, Health Trusts and CCGs who commission and/or deliver services for children who are deaf, blind or who have multi-sensory impairment, across health and education

This will include:

  • Paediatric audiology services
  • Habilitation services
  • Support services for children and young people with hearing impairment, multi-sensory impairment and vision impairment

What is in it for you?

You will come away with:

  • knowledge about meeting the requirements of the Children and Families Act through commissioning including:
    • the key legislation and commissioning guidance that is available
    • effective consultation with parents and young people
  • examples of individual, joint and regional commissioning in HI, VI and SI services, across education, paediatric audiology and habilitation, from London commissioners, heads of services and parents
  • shared learning from experiences of joint and regional commissioning of HI, VI and sensory services.

There will also be the opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues.

The cost of the day is £25/delegate, reduced to £10/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations.  Parents may attend the day free of charge, but must book a place. Lunch and refreshments are included.

The day is supported by NatSIP, Blind Children UK, and NDCS.

Available documents:

The following documents are available:

 

Booking is now open for the second presentation of our free workshop for parents entitled Preparing for the Plan.

This workshop is also available in:
London on 24 September 2016 (See separate listing below)
Manchester on 4 February 2017

Date: Saturday 5 November 2016
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Venue: Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel
Redcliffe Hill
Bristol
BS1 6SQ
Cost: Free - but you must book place(s) before attending

 Does your child have a hearing and/or vision impairment?

Does s/he have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care plan?

Is your child or young person about to undergo an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan?

If you answered yes, our Preparing for the Plan workshop may be for you.

This is an informal and relaxed opportunity for parents to find about more about Education, Health and Care plans. There will be a mix of presentations, discussions and group work and plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions throughout the day.

The workshop is free to attend, but you must book a place(s) before attending.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

By the end of our workshop, you will:

  • know how assessments for an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan should work
  • understand the different sections of a plan and how they relate to each other
  • understand how you can help ensure your child gets a good EHC plan that meets his/her needs and makes sure they achieve good outcomes.
  • The workshop is led by Andrea Scrivens, a parent of a child with vision impairment and an education consultant for the National Deaf Children’s Society. Andrea is working with Jude Thompson, the education director for the Royal London Society for the Blind, and Principal of Dorton College.

Please note that we are not able to provide childcare facilities.

To book your place, complete and return the booking form by 16 September 2016.

The following documents are available:

Booking is now open for a new workshop:  Making EHC Plans more effective - Workshop for SI professionals

Date: Monday 10 October 2016
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road,
London
NW1 2BJ

 

This workshop will also be offered on the following dates:

Thursday 24 November 2016 in Bristol
Wednesday 1 February 2017 in Manchester

Details of how to book for these alternative dates and venues will follow.

  • Are you responsible for, or do you contribute to, Education, Health and Care plans for children and young people with a sensory impairment?
  • Are you looking for advice on how you can improve the content of EHC plans to meet the requirements of the Code of Practice?
  • Can we help you ensure that EHC plans for children with sensory impairments effectively identify and meet their special educational needs?

If you answered yes, this workshop is for you.

This workshop will provide you with an informal and relaxed opportunity to improve your professional practice and understanding of effective EHC plans. There will be a mix of
presentations, discussions and group work, with lots of opportunities for you to ask questions throughout the day.

  • By the end of the workshop, you will:
  • know what the template for an overall plan should contain and the degree of flexibility permitted
  • know what each section of an EHC plan should contain
  • recognise the importance of involving colleagues from health and social care in real contributions to EHC plans
  • feel more confident about your role in ensuring more effective EHC plans for children and young people with sensory needs.

To make the most of the group activities, we recommend that you bring with you at least one EHC plan for a child or young person from your area.

The workshop is led by Andrea Scrivens, a parent of a child with vision impairment and an education consultant for the National Deaf Children’s Society, with many years’ experience of working in a local authority SEN team.

The cost of the day is £50/delegate, reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.

To book your place, complete and return the booking form by 26 September 2016.

The following documents are available:

We are delighted to be receiving so many booking forms for the NatSIP events that are published.  Thank you!

In order for your booking to be processed the information you return needs to be complete, please. 

As we hope to be processing about 1,000 bookings this year, it would be really helpful if you could:

  • Fully complete your booking form(s) without leaving any boxes blank
  • Not email in booking forms until you have a purchase order number
  • Following the tips in this Event booking FAQ.

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

We are pleased to announce that booking for the annual HoSS Conference Event 2016, to be held in Birmingham, is now open.

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Time: 10:00-16:00

Venue:

Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallen
225 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B15 2TT
Event Title: The impact of SI services

Why you should attend this event:

Sensory support services are working in a rapidly changing environment and the impact of their work on outcomes for SI CYP is not always easy to demonstrate. This Heads of Sensory Support Services event will look at the issues of delivering a quality service to improve outcomes in an increasingly challenging environment.

  • André Imich, SEN and Disability adviser at DfE, will talk about the emerging findings from Local Area reviews and recent developments within DfE to support CYP with SEND
  • Brian Gale will look at the changes to funding and how this influences SI service development
  • Colleagues will discuss their experiences and successful ways of demonstrating the impact of their services on improving outcomes for CYP with SI

Is this event for you?

  • If you are a senior manager in schools or services involved in delivering a quality educational service for HI, MSI and VI learners this event event gives you the opportunity to meet with others and share solutions to the challenges all services are facing.
  • This one day event is designed to meet the needs of colleagues by bringing together the members of the HoSS email forum. It is also open to other professionals and organisations with a specific interest in SI.

Cost:

The cost of the day, including lunch and refreshments, is:
£55/delegate, reduced to £40/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.

Early‐bird rates:
Return your booking form by 17:00 on 20 September 2016 to benefit from the following early‐bird rates:
£40/delegate, reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.

To book:

You need a Purchase Order to secure your place. Please make sure that you send this on your booking form. Thank you.

 

Documents about the day:

The following documents are available for this event:

We have compiled a list of NatSIP national and regional workshops, seminars and learning events for all who are involved with CYP with sensory impairment and we would like to encourage you to save the dates, circulate the information and attend as many of these training days as you are able.
Flyers, more detailed information and booking forms for the individual events will be published as the dates come nearer. Some are already open for booking - details are on this website!

We thought though that it would be helpful for you to have an overview so that you can plan your attendance with a full picture of where you can meet NatSIP colleagues.

 

Booking is now open for a free workshop for parents entitled Preparing for the Plan.

This is the first in a series of three workshops and will be held in London.

Date: Saturday 24 September 2014
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road,
London
NW1 2BJ
Cost: Free - but you must book place(s) before attending

 Does your child have a hearing and/or vision impairment?

Does s/he have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care plan?

Is your child or young person about to undergo an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan?

If you answered yes, our Preparing for the Plan workshop may be for you.

This is an informal and relaxed opportunity for parents to find about more about Education, Health and Care plans. There will be a mix of presentations, discussions and group work and plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions throughout the day.

The workshop is free to attend, but you must book a place(s) before attending.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

By the end of our workshop, you will:

  • know how assessments for an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan should work
  • understand the different sections of a plan and how they relate to each other
  • understand how you can help ensure your child gets a good EHC plan that meets his/her needs and makes sure they achieve good outcomes.
  • The workshop is led by Andrea Scrivens, a parent of a child with vision impairment and an education consultant for the National Deaf Children’s Society. Andrea is working with Jude Thompson, the education director for the Royal London Society for the Blind, and Principal of Dorton College.

Please note that we are not able to provide childcare facilities.

To book your place, complete and return the booking form by 16 September 2016.

The following documents are available:

This workshop is being held in London. In order to offer the same opportunity to parents from across England we are repeating it in Bristol on Saturday 5th November 2016 and again in Manchester on 4th February 2017. Please note the dates in your diaries and look out for further details and booking forms soon.

 

Working Day - The changing landscape for the SI sector

We are pleased to announce that booking for the October NatSIP National Working Day is now open.

Date: Tuesday 4 October 2016
Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Time: 10:00 - 16:00

We return to Friends House on Euston Road in London for the second working day of the 2016 - 17 year.

This event is for managers and other members of support services, specialist SI settings, VCS, agencies and organisations working together to secure better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment (CYP with SI).  We encourage colleagues working across education, social care and health to attend and explore how the latest initiatives in government legislation are influencing the provision of education for CYP with SI and their families.

The day will include:

  • Benedict Coffin (DfE SEND Unit) will talk about the government white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere and its implications for SI and SEND.
  • Claire Dorer (CEO of The National Association of Independent Schools and Non-maintained Special Schools) will look at factors influencing the ‘new market place’ for special schools, colleges and specialist services.
  • Brian Lamb will consider the role of specialist SI services in the changing landscape of educational provision.
  • There will be an opportunity for discussion between key note speakers and delegates in a Q&A session.
  • There will be an update about the NatSIP workstreams within the DfE programme and delegates will participate in the development of the NatSIP Sensory Learning Hub

NatSIP working groups will take place in the afternoon to progress the objectives of the NatSIP contract with DfE. Delegates will be contacted about their choice of working groups in September 2016.

The cost for the day is £100/delegate reduced to £50/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations.

In Friends House we are limited to only 60 delegate places, so early booking is advised.

You will need a Purchase Order to secure your place. Please send this with your booking form. Thank you.

The following documents about the day are available:

We look forward to seeing you there!

The BBC has begun trialling subtitles for live channels on BBC iPlayer. Previously subtitles have only been available for on-demand programmes. More information is available here.

The NHS policy on commissioning bone conduction hearing implants has been published this month.

See: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2013/05/16041_FINAL.pdf

NHS England will now routinely fund bilateral BCHI for children who are assessed by their MDT as benefiting from two. And, they will also fund BCHI for children with UHL when appropriate

As part of the NatSIP contract with DfE we are working on two new projects, led by Jude Thompson from RLSB (Royal London Society for the Blind).

  • "Just Enough Support" will be a publication about how young people with sensory impairment are being supported in FE colleges and 6th form. We are keen to work with colleagues who can contribute ideas about good and established practice and also the challenges that may be faced. We would also welcome contact with young people who would be prepared to share their experiences and will let us know about the kind of support they find effective. 

The published guidance will focus on "just enough support" to achieve positive outcomes.

  • We are also seeking the help of colleagues who work in schools and colleges and face the challenge of delivering the new curriculum to children and young people with sensory impairment. A small working group would appreciate any additional information that you can contribute. The plan is to produce specialist training materials which will be useful to SI teachers in schools and support services.

If you are interested in joining in this work please contact Jude:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

​This NHS England commissioning framework for people with hearing loss was published yesterday and can be downloaded through this link:  ​https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/HLCF.pdf

As part of the work that produced the framework, a Children’s Services Content Group was formed and developed a model service specification for commissioners on paediatric audiology services, along with a series of suggested outcome measures for children plus service performance outcomes, that services and commissioners can use to measure quality of the service. A link to this document is contained within the Framework or can be downloaded here https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/P37-CYP-Service-Specification-Template.pdf 

This is the first time we have had children’s outcomes used as commissioning measures of quality. Please note that the model specification and outcome measures are just a template that we hope will be useful in local discussions between commissioners and services and can of course be altered to suit local circumstances.

In addition the launch of the framework yesterday renewed interest in the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and that can be downloaded from this link:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/act-plan-hearing-loss-upd.pdf

The next stage of the NHS England action on hearing loss includes a Living Well Group and within that is an important strand on children and young people.