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 booking is now open for the MSI Regional Centre of Expertise Course to run in Newcastle on 5 dates between 17 May 2016 and 29 June 2016.

Jointly supported by NatSIP, Sense, and Newcastle City Council, this training course, offered as five days over seven weeks, provides a practical approach to supporting access to learning for children and young people with deafblindness or multisensory impairment.

The course is for hands‐on practitioners who work on a regular basis with learners who are deafblind or multi‐sensory impaired.  The purpose of the course is to provide participants with an opportunity to explore the needs of the individual children and young people, reflecting on, sharing and developing their practice. A local mentor will work with participants to develop an outcomes‐focused case study.

Participants will work with a locally identified mentor agreed with course organisers, or mentoring will be provided (at additional cost).


Tuesday 17 May 2016 The implications of MSI
Tuesday 24 May 2016 The role of the senses
Wednesday 8 June 2016 Developing communication skills session I
Wednesday 15 June 2016 The role of touch in learning
Wednesday 29 June 2016 Developing communication skills session II


Hadrian School, Bertram Crescent, Newcastly upon Tyne, NE15 6PY

£550 per delegate, if a local mentor is agreed within your workplace
£660 per delegate if mentoring is provided by the course team

Places:  Only 16 delegate places are available on this course

To book:  Contact Rachel Robertson on 01273 712518 or e‐mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The closing date for bookings is 6 May 2016.

A flyer about the course is available pdf here .

NDCS has produced some information for deaf young people including a BSL/subtitled video that explains the latest on the DSA changes including what is meant by a ‘specialised notetaker’ and what they should do if there are any problems getting the support needed.


We are pleased to announce the publication of materials for a new training workshop for young people with sensory impairment

Think Right Feel Good - Self-Advocacy Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to help young people with sensory impairment develop the skills to advocate for themselves in social, school/college and employment situations.

The materials available include a facilitator's kit containing everything you need to hold the workshop, and a set of individual documents in editable MS Word .docx format so that you can easily edit and customise the training to your own specific needs.

The materials are available in the document library (registration/login required).

Our thanks go to the authors and all those in the different organisations who supported and were involved in the development of the workshop.


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

Date: Wednesday 25 May 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:100
Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road


The day will include:

  • A keynote address from André Imich on developments at DfE, including Local Area inspections, Multi Academy Trusts, etc. André is well known to NatSIP colleagues for his interest in the outcomes for CYP with SI and has worked with us in identifying what a good outcome might look like in an EHC plan
  • Brian Gale will take us through the complexity of the latest funding arrangements and opportunities for post 16 students
  • Brian Lamb will summarise developments in the context of SI CYP and also refer to the ways that parents can continue to help schools and services evidence impact in the context of Ofsted and CQC inspections
  • An update about the NatSIP workstreams within the DfE programme

Capacity at Friends House is limited to 60 delegate places.  Early booking is recommended.

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

The following documents are available:

A full agenda and details of the working groups will be circulated in due course.

Today a set of new resources to support the transition of deaf young people into employment have been launched. These include a personal profile template, an employer handbook and videos for young people, parents and professionals. The resources have been developed through a Department for Education funded project which explored the perspectives on careers aspirations of deaf young people, employers, parents and the professionals who support them.


A report will also come out next month that will summarise the findings of the project.

New resources about mild and moderate hearing losses have been jointly published by NatSIP and NDCS, as part of the DfE grant funded project, and are available through the following links: