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Find them folder here in the NatSIP Document Library.



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The NatSIP website offers access to a wealth of SI resources, most of which are freely available.  We encourage you to register on the site for full access to eveything we have to offer. 

Registration is free and open to anyone. 

A walkthrough/howto on the registration process is pdf here .

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Are you a front-line staff member looking for resources to use with children and young people with sensory impairment in your class or setting?

Check out what's available in the Sensory Learning Hub - over 300 resources for SI.



New to working with a pupil with sensory impairment?

Or need a quick refresher?

Be sure to check out the   pdf A place to start - Top 10 Tips document, one of the many resources for front-line staff in the NatSIP Sensory Learning Hub.

All teachers are teachers of SEND, but one in seven (15 per cent) respondents to the May 2017 teacher voice survey said they disagreed/strongly disagreed with the statement “I feel able to meet the needs of pupils on SEN support". 

To help teachers to identify their strengths and weakness, and build confidence and confidence, Whole School SEND have launched the free SEND Reflection Framework, part-funded by the Department for Education.

The Framework was developed in collaboration with children, families and professionals from early years, primary, secondary, mainstream and specialist providers, placing those who would use and benefit from SEND Reflection at the heart of the development process.

It is available for free download from www.SENDreflection.com 

and supported by the Whole School SEND community of practice.

Between September and November 2017, NatSIP and NDCS offered three presentations of the event  Early years language and development in deaf children - what the research shows in Exeter, London and Manchester.

During the event, the presenter, Dr Sarah Collinson, NDCS Regional Director for the South West,  shared the main findings from a literature review by the National Deaf Children’s Society of research on key factors affecting deaf children’s language and communication in the early years.

We are pleased to announce that videos of the two sessions of the event, as well the presentation slides, are now available via the NatSIP website.

You must be a registered user, and be logged in to the site in order to access the videosRegistration is free, and open to anyone.  A walkthrough/howto on the registration process is here.

Between September and November 2017, NatSIP offered three presentations of a regional working day event Equipping the SI sector for the future  in London, York and Birmingham.

Feedback from delegates was very positive.  They said:

  • "I loved the step by step guide to commissioning. The whole day flowed really well and I felt that the presenters clearly put a lot of time in to co-producing this..."
  • "Information presented was really informative and useful. Great to hear from other professionals in other LA’s.."
  • "Lots of ideas which I will definitely take back and implement..."

The NatSIP Future of the Sector report (compiled by Brian Lamb) outlined a number of key changes to policy, funding and commissioning practice which are going to dramatically impact on how services are commissioned and operate in the coming years.  Understanding what commissioners are looking for, how best to position and market SI  services and what schools need are going to become ever more important.

The day provided an overall framework for thinking about how to approach commissioners, what is needed in respect of service developments and offers and how this might fit with new commissioning models

The following documents are available from the event:

The NatSIP Reference Group's report to the DfE on work carried out in the second quarter (July-September 2017) for the contract for 2017-18 has now been published and can be downloaded pdf here .

Follow the link below for a new publication issued today, 24th October, by the UK Government


The new guidance is intended to ensure that sight tests are carried out consistently across schools in England.

The following presentations from the NatSIP working day and HoSS event on 4 October 2017 are available:

Over the last year, OnLineTraining International (OLT Ltd) have partnered with the sensory support service teams in over 25 local authorities as part of the NatSIP/DfE contract to deliver professional development for the schools’ frontline sensory workforce. The funding covered the course licence fee and enabled sensory teams to deliver the OLT courses as a flexible and effective means of training school staff in sensory impairments.

We will be publishing more updates on this joint NatSIP/OLT work soon.  In the meantme, have a look at OLT's blog about the project.


We are pleased to announce that NatSIP has today published a new guidance document:  Getting started - Teaching pupils who have sensory impairment.

This guidance is intended to support colleagues from the frontline workforce who are new to working with a pupil with sensory impairment (or require a short refresher!) 

It aims to provide a quick introductory guide to useful resources for those who may be short of time and need a starting point.  The guidance contains links to over 40 NatSIP and other useful resources.

As well as being available for download in the document library, this guidance is also available as a web page in the Sensory Learning Hub.

Available document:

We are pleased to announce that the NatSIP Outcomes Benchmarking Exercise for Academic Year 2016-17 Data was launched today, with a personalised invitation mailed out to 139 previous participants.

If you are not involved in the Outcomes Benchmarking process, and would like to be, please contact NatSIP Associate This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who co-leads the work.

The guidance document for the 2016-17 exercise, which contains a full description of the exercise together with details of how to participte, is now available in the document library.

Available document:

Prof Wolfgang Mann at The University of Roehampton has asked for assistance to recruit deaf young people to a research project. They are carrying out a study on deaf and hearing children's use of strategies when reading online.

They are looking for deaf children, aged 13-14 years, who have good reading levels. For more specific details about the project, please see http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/research/onlinereading/

The deadline for involvement is now the end of 2017.

Over the summer, the National Deaf Children’s Society updated and republished its advice note on specialist education services for deaf children. This note is intended for commissioners, sets out the importance of these services and outlines the legal considerations that will need to be taken into account if proposing or making any changes or cuts to services.

Annex A includes some questions that the local authority commissioner may need to consider if proposing any changes to the role of the Teacher of the Deaf within the service.

The advice note can be downloaded from: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/document.rm?id=6841.    

The updated advice note is a useful complement to the NatSIP checklist for service alignment with legislation and guidance.


The Outcomes benchmarking workstream has today (4 September 2017) published its Summary Report - Academic Year 2015-16 Data.

The summary report is available pdf here in the document library.

Finally, we are pleased to confirm that the next benchmarking exercise (academic year 2016-17 data) will be launched in the near future.

The data for collection for 2016-17 will be the same as for the last exercise, except that two of the 16 performance indicators (relating to A*-G and A*-C GCSE passes, which the DfE no longer reports) will be suspended.

Data submission will again be made through the online Outcomes BenchMarking Returns System (OBMRS). You will receive an email circulation providing all the details in due course.

The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD), is a charitable organisation that provides services to people who are profoundly Deaf and use sign language, or other visual forms of communication.

All RAD’s frontline team members are either Deaf themselves or fluent in sign language. They understand Deaf culture, barriers and often have lived experience and an innate ability to adjust their signing to meet the wide and varied communication needs of Deaf people.RAD recognises the importance of education and provides a variety of services to support children and young people to sustain education and to go on to live fulfilling lives.

The innovative Integr8 (Intergrate) programme is tailored to meet the individual needs of each deaf child/young person; specifically focussing on those who are at risk of becoming NEET or those who require additional support in order to effectively engage at school/college and achieve their full potential. This support provides a safe and confidential outlet which over time can encourage safe expression and achieve real outcomes.

RAD also offers befriending support on a one-to-one basis, in school and in the community to achieve specific, pre-agreed outcomes such as improved confidence, reduced isolation and/or improved independence/life skills.

All support is tailored to an individual’s needs – with associated support packages carefully designed and outcomes agreed. If you are interested in learning more about these or other RAD services please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Currently RAD are offering this programme in London, East Anglia and the South East/South West of England.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a document summarising the responses it received to a review on communication support for deaf people. The aim of the review was to try and identify what is known about the supply and demand of professionals (such as interpreters, speech-to-text-reporters, etc.) whose role it is to provide support to deaf people with their communication.

Ian Noon of the NDCS has written an article about the review on the NDCS campaigns blog, Other articles on the blog can be read at https://ndcscampaigns.com/