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.

We are pleased to announce that we have today (26 April 2017) published a new Guidance Document on Easy Access Technology, which includes an evaluation tool for SI specialists considering the introduction or evaluation of new technology.  Both can be found in the folder document library .

The following documents are available:

You will need to be registered and logged in to the NatSIP website before clicking on the above links.


We are pleased to announce that the 10 NatSIP Model EHC Plans which were written/revised in March 2017 for publication are all now available for download in the document library. Many thanks to all NatSIP colleagues who contributed to this work.

The following folder Model EHC Plans are available:

  •   pdf Chloe - a child with multi-sensory impairment, aged two years ten months
  •   pdf Daniel - a young person with a hearing impairment, aged eighteen.
  •   pdf Eva - a child with vision impairment, aged nine
  •   pdf Hannah - a young person with a vision impairment, aged sixteen
  •   pdf James - a young person with multi-sensory impairment, aged seventeen
  •   pdf Raj - a child with multi-sensory impairment, aged five
  •   pdf Robert - a child with hearing impairment, aged eleven
  •   pdf Rosie - a child with a vision impairment, aged three
  •   pdf Ruby - a child with hearing impairment, aged three
  •   pdf Steven - a child with a vision impairment, aged five

You will need to be registed on the NatSIP website and logged in before you click on any of the above links.

The NatSIP Reference Group's report to the DfE on work carried out in the fourth quarter (January to March 2017) for the contract for 2016-17 has now been published and can be downloaded pdf here .  (You need to register and be logged in to the NatSIP website before clicking on this link).

You may be interested in these case studies of effective or innovative practice in VI services that have just gone onto the RNIB website: https://www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-advice-professionals-education-professionals/maintaining-quality-provision

RNIB colleagues have published research briefings on VI data. These can be accessed on the RNIB website through this link:



A big thank-you to all of the LA Sensory Support Services who have submitted data for the seventh annual NatSIP Outcomes Benchmarking excercise.

As of today (31 March 2017) 101 LAs are represented in the submitted data.  This means that the target of 100+ LAs included within the DfE contract has once again been achieved.  The final number of LAs is likely to rise even higher with the online submission system remaining open until Friday 7 April 2017

The early achievement of this target, in comparison with the usual beginning of June in previous years, will enable the reporting to take place well in advance of the end of June deadline, which will hopefully be more helpful to services in terms of development planning.

A consultation issued today on reforms to the primary assessment system.  See:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-consult-on-reforms-to-primary-assessment-system

The government has also launched a parallel consultation on the recommendations of the independent Rochford Review, to look at how the school assessment system successfully tracks the progress of children of all abilities.

Today, Monday 20 March 2017, as part of the work of the Technology workstream, NatSIP has published a new briefing note on LENA - the Language Environment Analysis Tool.

The briefing note is available pdf here in the Document Library. You will need to be registered on the NatSIP website and logged in to follow this link.

The NatSIP National Working Day - Demonstrating Impact - on Tuesday 9 May 2017 is now open for booking.

Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00

Hamilton House,
Mabledon Place

Cost: £100/delegate, reduced to £50/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations
Booking: Open now


This special NatSIP event, the first in the new 2017-18 contract with DfE, has a focus on Impact. The event is relevant to the important work of  managers and members of specialist SI service providers, including those in SI settngs, VCS, agencies and organisations who are working together to secure better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

We encourage colleagues working across education, social care and health to attend and explore how the latest initiatives in government legislation are influencing and improving the provision of education for children and young people with sensory impairment and their families.

During the day:

  • There will be an update of current very relevant Government Reviews in SEND: Ofsted/CQC local area reviews (Brian Gale, who has recently trained inspectors about CYP with HI), The Lenehan Review (Mark Geraghty, who is Co Chair of the review), The Rochford Review (Niki Elliot, who is previous Chair of SEC and has been asked by DfE to do some research during the Rochford Review consultation).
  • Michelle Allison (Director of SEND services and commissioning, Seashell Trust, previously Head of SEND for North Yorkshire County Council), will speak of the secrets of successfully working with commissioners to secure good service outcomes
  • Niki Elliot (Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and previous Chair of SEC, the Special Education Consortium), will work with us on how to demonstrate outcomes and impact
  • Brian Lamb will speak on taking the impact agenda forward in SI provision.

There will be an update about the NatSIP’s workstreams within the DfE programme, and details of the contract objectives for 2017‐18.

NatSIP working groups will take place in the afternoon. These will include:

  1. Taking the SI CPD log forward (Jackie Salter)
  2. Commissioning for SI services (Michelle Allison and Brian Lamb)
  3. Making impact meaningful (Niki Elliot)

The following documents are available:

Today, 8 March 2017, NatSIP has launched its new Sensory Learning Hub, a central resource for the sensory impairment community.  It hosts trusted information about sensory impairment and a hub of discussion, shared ideas and resources.

It is aimed at the mainstream workforce (teachers, SENCos and Teaching Assistants) as well as specialist practitioners (qualified SI teachers and therapists).

Once logged in to the web site, you can access the Sensory Learning Hub from the menu above.

We want the sensory impairment community to access the hub to gain and share information. The hub has been designed to be interactive, a place to ask questions, share good ideas as well as tap into resources or access two new  What works databases for Teaching and Learning and Technology.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on this exciting new development.

NDCS has published new quality standards for the use of personal radio aids. This replaces the previous quality standards on radio aid systems.

See: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/document.rm?id=9697

The quality standards have been published in collaboration with the UK Children’s FM Working Group.

On March 27th and 28th NatSIP, working with Sense and local MSI colleagues, are offering a new, specialist two-day course for practitioners who work hands-on with deafblind/multi-sensory impaired children and young people in mainstream settings.

This is a pilot course and will take place at Quadrant Court, Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ

The content includes:

  • Understanding the causes of deafblindness/multi-sensory impairment
  • How a combined vision and hearing impairment impacts on learning
  • Recognising the effects of sensory integration difficulties on learners
  • Strategies for developing communication skills
  • Supporting emotional wellbeing and access to out-of-school activities
  • How to manage a classroom for a deafblind/MSI learner
  • Roles and responsibilities in supporting children and young people with deafblindness/multi-sensory impairment

Cost: £50/delegate, discounted to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations

For further information or to book your place, contact:
Rachel Robertson
T: 01273 712518
M: 07795 623516
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As part of the NatSIP/NDCS project with DfE, a new video has been produced about children and young people with hearing impairment and additional learning needs in a special school.

The video is titled Supporting the Achievement of Hearing Impaired Children in Special Schools and is now online at https://youtu.be/-_0CoqcXIZo


The speaker presentations from the NatSIP Working Day on 7 February 2017 are now available for download in the document library.

The following documents are available:

You need to be registered on the NatSIP website and logged in to follow the above links.