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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.

Kent Sensory Service are hosting a training day led by Gwyn McCormack of Positive Eye on Being an effective agent of change

Date:
Monday 6 March 2017
Time: 09:30-15:45
Venue: Pent Valley Leisure Centre
Tile Kiln Lane
Cheriton
Folkestone
Kent CT19 4PB
Booking: Open now

 

Course objective:
To implement and use approaches and resources to deliver a structured strategic approach to effectively manage the change necessary in the education setting to include the child with vision impairment.

The course covers:
Practical strategies and approaches to implement with the school or setting which will be used during the course and will form the Reasonable Adjustments Action Plan. They include considering being Agents of Change in the context of supporting a school or settings, the steps an organisation needs to take to change and the role of the professional in maximising independence and promoting the child’s voice. The course will conclude with an opportunity to create your own action plan ready for implementation.

Presenter:
Gwyn McCormack from Positive Eye is a NatSIP partner and is well known in the VI community.

Available documents:

Further information:
For further informaton, please see the flyer/booking form above or contact Jane Cottle:
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T:  07834 764288

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

Did you know that there are no less than NINE NatSIP events and training courses on offer between January and March 2017?

Details of each event, along with links to further information and booking forms can be found in our pdf Events Newsletter .

Booking is now open for our new Workshop for professionals:  Supporting SI children and young people without an EHC Plan

Date:
Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Hamilton House
Mabledon Place
London
WC1H 9BD
Booking: Open now
Cost: £50/delegate
reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations

 

Most children and young people with a vision and/or hearing impairment go through education without receiving an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, but local authorities have a duty to identify and be responsible for all children with SEN and disabilities, not just those who require an EHC plan.

  • Are you looking for advice on how you can improve the support for children and young people who do not have an EHC plan?
  • Would you like to help ensure families are aware of the support their child should be getting and help schools to understand and fulfil their duties?
  • Would you like to improve your understanding of what ‘SEN support’ and the ‘assess,plan, do, review’ cycle within the SEND Code of Practice mean, as well as what it means to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ under the Equality Act 2010?

If so, this workshop is for you.

The day will provide you with an informal and relaxed opportunity to improve your professional practice and understanding of the legal requirement to make provision for all children and young people with a sensory impairment. There will be presentations and discussion/group work and plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions.

By the end of our workshop, you will:

  • have an understanding of the legislation relating to support for children and young people without a plan
  • be able to help schools and other education providers to understand and fulfil their duties under the legislation
  • feel more confident about your role in ensuring that there is good quality support for all children and young people with sensory needs.

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.  Catriona Filmer, Deputy Director, Support and Advice Services at NDCS, will also be available to answer questions.

Available documents:

NDCS colleagues have now updated and republished the National Deaf Children’s Society quality standards for early years support for deaf children.

This, along with a self-audit tool, can be found on the NDCS website at: www.ndcs.org.uk/QSEY.

The RNIB have released two new guides for families and friends of children with vision impairment:

Both can be downloaded from the RNIB website via the links above.

 

Following the successful SI commissioning event in London yesterday, 15 November 2016, we are pleased to make the speaker presentations from the day available:

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