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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.

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The date and venue for the HoSS event 2016 are confirmed:

Date: 19 October 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan
225 Hagley Road
B15 2TT


The annual HoSS Event 2016 will focus on The Impact of SI services.

Why you should attend:

  • Sensory support services are working in a rapidly changing environment and the impact of their work on outcomes for SI CYP is not always easy to demonstrate. This Heads of Sensory Support Services event will look at the issues of delivering a quality service to improve outcomes in an increasingly challenging environment
  • Andre Imich, SEN and Disability adviser at DfE, will talk about the emerging findings from Local Area reviews and recent developments within DfE to support CYP with SEND
  • Brian Gale will look at the changes to funding and how this influences SI service development
  • Colleagues will discuss their experiences and successful ways of demonstrating the impact of their services on improving outcomes for CYP with SI

Is this event for you?

  • If you are a senior manager in schools or services involved in delivering a quality educational service for HI, MSI and VI learners the HoSS event gives you the opportunity to meet with others and share solutions to the challenges all services are facing.
  • This one day event is designed to meet the needs of colleagues by bringing together the members of the HoSS email forum. It is also open to other professionals and organisations with a specific interest in SI

Further information about how to book, and early bird offers will be available and circulated via the HoSS email forum in early September.

A pdf flyer about the day is available

Please save the date.

Working Day - The changing landscape for the SI sector

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

Date: Tuesday 4 October 2016
Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Time: 10:00 - 16:00

We return to Friends House on Euston Road in London for the second working day of the year.

This event is for managers and other members of support services, specialist SI settings, VCS, agencies and organisations working together to secure better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment (CYP with SI).  We encourage colleagues working across education, social care and health to attend and explore how the latest initiatives in government legislation are influencing the provision of education for CYP with SI and their families.

The day will include:

  • Benedict Coffin (DfE SEND Unit) will talk about the government white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere and its implications for SI and SEND.
  • Claire Dorer (CEO of The National Association of Independent Schools and Non-maintained Special Schools) will look at factors influencing the ‘new market place’ for special schools, colleges and specialist services.
  • Brian Lamb will consider the role of specialist SI services in the changing landscape of educational provision.
  • There will be an opportunity for discussion between key note speakers and delegates in a Q&A session.
  • There will be an update about the NatSIP workstreams within the DfE programme and delegates will participate in the development of the NatSIP Learning Hub

NatSIP working groups will take place in the afternoon to progress the objectives of the NatSIP contract with DfE. Delegates will be contacted about their choice of working groups in September 2016.

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

In Friends House we are limited to only 60 delegate places, so early booking is advised.

The following documents about the day are available:

We look forward to seeing you there!

The BBC has begun trialling subtitles for live channels on BBC iPlayer. Previously subtitles have only been available for on-demand programmes. More information is available here.

The NHS policy on commissioning bone conduction hearing implants has been published this month.

See: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2013/05/16041_FINAL.pdf

NHS England will now routinely fund bilateral BCHI for children who are assessed by their MDT as benefiting from two. And, they will also fund BCHI for children with UHL when appropriate

As part of the NatSIP contract with DfE we are working on two new projects, led by Jude Thompson from RLSB (Royal London Society for the Blind).

  • "Just Enough Support" will be a publication about how young people with sensory impairment are being supported in FE colleges and 6th form. We are keen to work with colleagues who can contribute ideas about good and established practice and also the challenges that may be faced. We would also welcome contact with young people who would be prepared to share their experiences and will let us know about the kind of support they find effective. 

The published guidance will focus on "just enough support" to achieve positive outcomes.

  • We are also seeking the help of colleagues who work in schools and colleges and face the challenge of delivering the new curriculum to children and young people with sensory impairment. A small working group would appreciate any additional information that you can contribute. The plan is to produce specialist training materials which will be useful to SI teachers in schools and support services.

If you are interested in joining in this work please contact Jude:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


​This NHS England commissioning framework for people with hearing loss was published yesterday and can be downloaded through this link:  ​https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/HLCF.pdf

As part of the work that produced the framework, a Children’s Services Content Group was formed and developed a model service specification for commissioners on paediatric audiology services, along with a series of suggested outcome measures for children plus service performance outcomes, that services and commissioners can use to measure quality of the service. A link to this document is contained within the Framework or can be downloaded here https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/P37-CYP-Service-Specification-Template.pdf 

This is the first time we have had children’s outcomes used as commissioning measures of quality. Please note that the model specification and outcome measures are just a template that we hope will be useful in local discussions between commissioners and services and can of course be altered to suit local circumstances.

In addition the launch of the framework yesterday renewed interest in the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and that can be downloaded from this link:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/act-plan-hearing-loss-upd.pdf

The next stage of the NHS England action on hearing loss includes a Living Well Group and within that is an important strand on children and young people.