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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.

Thanks to all who came to the NatSIP National Working Day yesterday, 1 October 2015.  We're grateful to all who came, spoke, listened, asked questions, networked, joined in the working groups and contributed to the success of the day in so many ways.

The highlight of the day for many attendees was the active participation of two young people with sensory impairments, Joe Scott and Conrad Will, both of whom gave us a valuable insight into what services and provision look like from the point of view of a user.  Videos of these presentations will be available shortly.

We're pleased so announce that most of the Powerpoint presentations from the day are now available to download folder here


We are pleased to announce that the Guidance and Forms for the sixth annual outcomes benchmarking exercise are now available folder here (registration and login required).

The exercise is supported through NaSIP's grant funding from the DfE and our target is to engage 103 LAs this year.

LA Sensory Support Services will have until the end of February 2016 to submit their data from the 2014-15 academic year.

Participants will receive a comprehensive report on the data collected nationally on 17 performance indicators, from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Post-16, for children with hearing impairment, multi-sensory impairment and vision impairment. Each Service will also be provided with a separate confidential report of their own LA results.

A Summary Report of the last exercise (academic year 2013-14) can be viewed in Reports & archive.  The full report, incorporating all of the benchmarking data and analyses, is restricted to participants.

Whether your Service has submitted a return previously or you are considering participating for the first time, your involvement will be most welcome.

If you have any queries, please contact Bob Denman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Scottish government’s Education and Culture Committee have published their report on their inquiry into the attainment of pupils with a sensory impairment on 23rd September 2015.

We're pleased to annouce that we have now confirmed the date and location for the next NatSIP North Working Day on 30 November 2015.

The theme of the day will be Regional Collaboration for Quality Service Delivery, and the location will be Novotel York Centre in York.

The day will include a keynote address from Caroline Bicknell, Deputy Director, SEND Division, DfE, as well as sessions on the NatSIP Eligibility Framework (formerly the Eligibility Criteria), the development of the NatSIP Quality Improvement Tool in readiness for local area inspections, and on regional planning and collaboration.

A flyer about the day can be downloaded pdf here (regisistration and login required).

Please save the date in your diaries now!

NDCS are recruiting for a new Young People’s Advisory Board. They would welcome support in raising awareness of this and in encouraging deaf young people to apply.

There is some background information about what’s involved at www.buzz.org.uk/jointheyab

Applications will be open from Monday 7 September - Sunday 11 October 2015. Applications form are available to download from the above link.

Any interested deaf young people can email NDCS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Join the YAB" in the message and NDCS will make sure they receive an application form directly.

Any questions can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To reflect the wide ranging experiences of deaf young people, four places on the Board will be held for young people from socially vulnerable backgrounds. If anyone knows a young person who is from a socially vulnerable background and might benefit from a priority place on the Board, we would be grateful if they could please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.


NCTL is now seeking to approve a range of providers to deliver the Mandatory Qualification for teachers of children and young people with sensory impairments (MQ). They are particularly interested in bids from HEIs in partnership with schools or voluntary organisations. Successful providers will receive approval from the Secretary of State to deliver courses leading to the award of MQ from September 2016, for an initial period of 3 years.

NCTL will host a web conference for potential bidders on Tuesday 8 September, at 2:30pm, to provide further information on the tender process and how to apply. For details, go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mandatory-qualifications-specialist-teachers