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.

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.

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

Hamilton House,
Mabledon Place
London
WC1H 9BD

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:

  • André Imich (SEND professional advisor at DfE), will bring us up to date with the latest information about impact and outcomes from the Department
  • 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.

 

During 2016-17, NatSIP offered a free workshop on Preparing for the plan for the parents of children with SI who are about to be assessed for an EHC Plan.

The workshop was available on three dates in 3 locations:

24 September 2016 - Friends House, London
5 November 2016 - Mercure Hotel, Bristol
4 February 2017 - Seashell Trust, Cheadle (Manchester)

The powerpoint presentation from the workshop is available document here in the document library

(Registration and login are required to follow the link above).

The NatSIP Reference Group's report to the DfE on work carried out in the third quarter (up to 31st December 2016) for the contract for 2016-17 has now been published and can be downloaded pdf here . (Registration and login required).

NatSIP has published an update to the briefing note on provision of equipment and technology for children and young people with SI. This takes into account the latest legislation on funding and the Equality Act 2010.

The updated briefing note can be found in the document library pdf here .

(Registration and logon is required to follow the link above)

On 22 and 29  March 2017, NatSIP, working with the RNIB and the Surrey Sensory Service, will be offering another presentation of our two-day training course:
Understanding the needs of children and young people with vision impairment

Day 1:
Day 2:
Wednesday 22 March 2017
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ
Booking: Open now

This two‐day training course is for teaching assistants and other education professionals new to working with learners with vision impairment.

  • Presenters:
    Rory Cobb, Principal Officer: Inclusive Education, RNIB
  • David Jackson, Advisory Teacher for Vision Impairment, Surrey County Council

Cost:
Cost for the two‐day course including refreshments and lunch each day:

  • £100/delegate,

discounted to

  • £50/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations

Course content:

  • Understanding the population of learners with vision impairment
  • Roles and responsibilities in supporting CYP with vision impairment
  • The structure of the eye and how we see
  • How is vision assessed?
  • Experiencing the effects of vision impairment
  • How vision impairment impacts on development and learning
  • Strategies for providing access to thecurriculum
  • Access to tests and exams
  • ICT and communication tools used by children and young people with vision impairment
  • Strategies for promoting social interaction
  • Developing mobility and independence skills

Available documents:

 

Sense are organising a 3-day training course: In Practice – a practical approach to developing tactile sign language skills

Dates:
3 days:  Monday 20 through to Wednesday 22 March 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00 each day
Venue: Signing Tree Conference Centre
Ladywood Road
Birmingham
B16 8SZ
Booking: Open now
Cost: £350/delegate

 

Tactile signing is a method used by people who cannot access sign language through the use of vision, or who would benefit from the use of additional tactual information.

It can be the tactile adaptation of an existing sign language like British Sign Language (BSL) for example.

This course is for professionals who are working directly to support tactile sign language development and who have an existing knowledge of sign language. They must be able to sign at a level required for the environment in which you work - signs will not be taught on the course.

For more information, please see: https://www.sense.org.uk/content/practice-practical-approach-developing-tactile-sign-language-skills-three-day-course

We're pleased to announce the publication of a new NatSIP Briefing Note:  pdf Changes in funding for early years education in England (2-4 years)

This is an interim update to our previous briefng note pdf Education Funding and Provision for Children with SI in the Early Years

The statutory provisions providing the context for SEND provision in the early years outlined in the March 2015 briefing note remain unchanged. The purpose of this briefing note is to outline the main reforms to early years funding issued by the DfE in December 2016.

We plan to issue a further update once the DfE has provided further advice on how the new Disability Access Fund and EY Inclusion Fund will work alongside the existing High Needs Block and EY pupil premium to meet additional needs.

Available documents:

Registration and login to the NatSIP website is required to follow the links above.

We were pleased to welcome new NatSIP colleagues and a diverse range of delegates, with interest and knowledge of the 19 to 25yrs agenda, to our event Supporting the achievement of deaf and hearing-impaired apprentices at Friends House in London yesterday (11 January 2017).

Presentations  are now available to download (once registered and logged in to the NatSIP website)

The following documents are available