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.

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.

 

NatSIP has entered into a contract with DfE for 2016 - 17 with a great emphasis on workforce development.

As part of this we have committed to training 300 teachers and teaching assistants who are working with children and young people with sensory impairment, in partnership with OnLineTraining (OLT).

The online training courses are aimed at teachers and teaching assistants who are working directly with children to help them achieve better outcomes. Those following the courses are asked to set three goals for young person with whom they are working, and then to identify three interventions to achieve these goals.

The courses are intended to be delivered by those QTSIs (with the MQ in HI, MSI or VI) normally providing support to schools, who act as online tutors.  This model has proved to be highly effective in achieving improved outcomes. There is built in the evaluation both for the course participant in the form of a pre and post course rating scale, and also for pupils in the form of goal attainment scaling to assess the extent to which positive outcomes have been achieved.

As a result, those delivering the courses have significant levels of management information demonstrating the effectiveness of their delivery, and provides a route through which services can enhance the level of support that they provide to schools. One of the comments which has been made by those running the courses, is that it raises the level of professional dialogue between themselves and those working in schools, because “you know what they know “, and can therefore assume a prior level of knowledge as a starting point for any discussion.

We are looking to recruit 20 to 25 qualified teachers of SI covering HI, VI and MSI, drawn from all parts of the country.  

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for the next MSI Regional Centre of Expertise Course which will run in Newcastle on five dates between 27 September and 6 December 2016.

Jointly supported by NatSIP, Sense and Newcastle City Council, this training course, offered as five days over eleven 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 they are working with, reflecting on, sharing and developing their practice. A local mentor will work with participants to develop an outcomes‐focused case study.

Dates:

Tuesday 27 September 2016 The implications of MSI
Tuesday 11 October 2016 The role of the senses
Tuesday 1 November 2016 Developing communication skills session I
Wednesday 16 November 2016 The role of touch in learning
Tuesday 6 December 2016 Developing communication skills session II

 

Venue: 
Hadrian School, Bertam Crescent, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE15 6YP

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

Delegate fee includes lunch and refreshments.

Places:  Only 16 delegate places are available on this course

To book your place and for further information if required: 
Contact Rachel Robertson 01273 712518 or e‐mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A flyer about the course is available pdf here .

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for the next MSI Regional Centre of Expertise Course which will run in Kent on five dates between 15 September and 24 November 2016.

Jointly supported by NatSIP, Sense and Kent Specialist Teaching and Learning Service this training course, offered as five days over ten 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 they are working with, reflecting on, sharing and developing their practice. A local mentor will work with participants to develop an outcomes‐focused case study.

Dates:

Thursday 15 September 2016 The implications of MSI
Thursday 29 September 2016 The role of the senses
Thursday 13 October 2016 Developing communication skills session I
Thursday 10 November 2016 The role of touch in learning
Thursday 24 November 2016 Developing communication skills session II

 

Venue: 
Meadowfield School, Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NL

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

Discounted prices for staff working in Kent:
£460 per delegate if mentoring is provided by the course team
£350 per delegate, if a local mentor is agreed within your workplace

Delegate fee includes lunch and refreshments.  There is plenty of free parking at the venue.

Places:  Only 15 delegate places are available on this course

To book your place and for further information if required: 
Contact Beverly Ingleton on 07740 183731 or e‐mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Carolyn Lewis on 07540 674916 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A flyer about the course is available pdf here .

NatSIP signed the contract, as strategic delivery partners for SI, with DfE on 24th May 2016. 

The contract outlines the delivery support which NatSIP will provide to early years providers, schools and post-16 providers to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.


As requested within the overall framework of improving outcomes within the contract NatSIP will:
• promote effective practice and give the workforce access to quality training materials
• improve the specialist advice and input into SI EHC assessments and plans
• recognise and harness technology for CYP with SI to improve accessibility and outcomes.

NatSIP partners look forward to working together in the development of the work programmes for the contract. Further details will emerge on this website. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, please email the NatSIP facilitator, Lindsey Rousseau, at; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NatSIP has today (26 May 2016) published an updated breifing note on Additional funding for YP with SI in apprenticeships.

Written by Brian Gale and Martin McLean of the National Deaf Children's Society, this brefind note discussed the available sources of funding to support young people with sensory impairment in apprenticeships, including:

  • what sources of funding are available
  • access critera for each source
  • how and when to apply
  • how to support a YP in making an application

The briefing note can be downloaded pdf here (registration and login required).