Welcome to the NatSIP Website

This website offers access to a wealth of SI resources, most of which are now freely available.  We encourage you to register on the site for full access to everything we have to offer.  Registration is free, and open to anyone.  A walkthrough/howto on the registration process is here.

During the last Family Day: Our World on 23rd September last year, over 1000 people attended the event.

Please put the date in your diaries now for our next Family Day for families of deaf children on Saturday 21st September 2024 from 12pm-4pm at the British Library in London.

We have chosen the following theme for the Family Day, which we hope will be popular with families of deaf children:

Family Day: Marvellous Me - Celebrating the uniqueness of every child.

There will be creative activities that celebrate being an individual, discovering what inspires us and makes us unique, as well as championing others and exploring untold stories.

Please share the information with families, staff teams and through local newsletters & networks to encourage deaf families and families of deaf children to come along and have a fantastic day out for FREE! More information on the programme for the Family Day will be sent out in the summer term and will also be available on the British Library’s website (www.bl.uk) nearer the time. 


RNIB has published new reports providing insight into the current state of local authority provision for children and young people with vision impairment in England and in Northern Ireland. Read the reports on the RNIB website:

England_FOI_report_2023.docx (live.com)

FOI_Report_2023_Northern_Ireland.docx (live.com)

Seashell Trust has been awarded a contract by the DfE to offer a PG Diploma Mandatory Qualification in MSI.  The course will start in September 2024 and will be delivered in partnership with a University, providing academic rigour as well as offering an opportunity to make use of the state of the art specialist campus at Seashell.  

This offers teachers wishing to specialise in MSI a choice of training course and establishment again. This ensures children with MSI have access to the specialists they need and enhances availability of course providers for the sensory impairment sector.

The Seashell Trust MQ course will be delivered through distance learning and also offer ample opportunity to visit the Seashell site and benefit from the specialist facilities there.

Expressions of interest and applications are open now and you can find out more here: https://www.seashelltrust.org.uk/mqmsi-pgdip/.  You will find that at the bottom of the webpage there is a link to book onto one of the monthly "Q&A - find out more about the course" online sessions.  

Over 50 contributors and delegates joined us online on Microsoft Teams to contribute to the NatSIP training event on Local Area SEND inspections: The new Ofsted framework and priorities for the SI sector on Thursday 8 February 2024.

André Imich gave his last keynote presentation as SEND Professional Advisor for the Department, after 14 years in the role, and was able to update us on DfE developments and priorities in the SEN Change Programme as well as talk about the inspection process. André has been a champion for children and young people with SEND, including SI and the professionals who support them, and NatSIP will miss his input.

NatSIP members followed on during the afternoon with their recent experiences of Local Area inspections and the influence SI specialists may have in the process.

Presentations from the event are available in the NatSIP Document Library.

Available documents

Katy Mitchell (Ewing Foundation) and Jennifer Royds (parent of a child with glue ear) are delighted to introduce Glue Ear Together (GET)

Working together with families, education and health, we aim to provide clear, up-to-date information that promotes positive outcomes for children with glue ear.

The Glue Ear Together website (www.glueeartogether.org.uk), developed with funding from the Ovingdean Hall Foundation, provides clear information about the cause of glue ear, common signs and symptoms, impacts on development, and interventions recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. 

In a workshop with the Department for Education in September 2023, a number of heads of specialist education services for children with sensory impairment identified concerns around the supply of qualified teachers of children with sensory impairment and challenges around recruitment.

In late 2023, NatSIP invited responses to an on-line survey from heads of services and specialist provision, to explore and better understand and evidence these issues and concerns. The survey received 44 responses from across the UK.

This results document describes the survey, and provides a summary of its findings and results.

Available Document

  pdf Recruiting qualified teachers of sensory impaired learners:What do heads of SI services, resource bases and schools say? Survey Results

The National Deaf Children’s Society have updated their note on what government data says about the attainment of deaf children in England in 2023. It also includes data, where available, on the progress made by deaf children between key stages.


(this can also be accessed via www.ndcs.org.uk/data)

RNIB has the following information about the educational attainment of children and young people with vision impairment available on their web site. 

Available document:

NatSIP is pleased to announce the availability of a new briefing document collated by a number of NatSIP Partner organisations in response to the Department for Education document Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan.

NatSIP would like to ensure that the needs of children and young people with SI will not be overlooked in implementation and testing during the pilots exploring changes to the SEND framework through the DfE's Change Programme. Support for children with low-incidence needs, such as SI, may look different from that for other types of need.

Available document:

Update from Ian Noon at NDCS:


NDCS is pleased to welcome the news from the Department for Education that the GCSE in British Sign Language will go ahead.  DfE have published a blog which outlines next steps:


More detail about the response to the recent consultation and the subject content can be found at:


NDCS has a timeline for for the history of the campaign for the BSL GCSE at:


SEND Review Change Programme

NDCS has published a FAQfor families about the Change Programme in England and what it might mean for them. The blog emphasises that parents’ statutory rights around SEND have not changed.  You can find it at:


Review of Children’s Audiology Services

NDCS has published a blog for parents about the NHS England Paediatric Audiology Improvement Programme. This explains what families can do if they have any concerns or think they have been affected by the issues in some services.


The Consortium for Research into Deaf Education (CRIDE) has this week published the reports from the 2023 surveys of educational staffing and provision for deaf children.

These are available on BATOD and National Deaf Children’s Society websites at the following links:



We hope to publish a UK-wide summary of the reports early in the new year.

CRIDE would like to thank everyone who has supported this work and we hope that people find the reports interesting and useful.

Following an NHS England audit of children’s audiology services which revealed significant quality and safety problems in some trusts, NHS England has developed an improvement programme, which all Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) have been asked to implement immediately.

The NDCS briefing has been developed to support CHSWGs in any discussions on the improvement programme that may be taking place in their local areas. It is intended for those outside of audiology, and who may be less familiar with the improvement programme and the role of ICBs. It includes some suggested questions for discussion that CHSWGs may wish to raise, as appropriate, as a starting point for discussion and further exploration.

The briefing can be accessed by going to this link: https://www.ndcs.org.uk/media/8972/2023-10-briefing-for-chswgs-national-paediatric-hearing-services-improvement-programme.pdf

As we prepare for the 14th Consortium for Research into Deaf Education (CRIDE) 2024 survey, this article provides some background on the team behind the annual survey and the reasons we do this.

What is CRIDE?

CRIDE brings together a range of people from different backgrounds who all have a common interest in using data to improve provision for deaf children. The Committee receives no funding for its work, and its members give their time voluntarily.

Almost half of the members have a background as, either a current or former head of a specialist education service for deaf children. These members play an important role in advising on whether the questions are appropriate and reasonable for other services to answer.

The remainder are academics, heads of special schools, consultants and representatives from the British Association of Teachers of Deaf Children and Young People (BATOD) and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

In Scotland, a separate working group leads on the CRIDE Scotland survey with links to the UK-wide group, so that the surveys are parallel.

The survey has now run uninterrupted since 2011. It was created as a successor to the surveys run then by BATOD. Paul Simpson, as their National Executive Officer, played a leading role in establishing CRIDE and we are grateful for the legacy he has left us.

According to CRIDE 2021 there were 3,907 children with at least one cochlear implant in England known to services (4,501 across the UK) which equates to 77% of children with profound hearing loss. In addition 2,966 children have a bone conduction device. For 2022 the British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) recorded the total for all children with Cochlear Implants, being supported by centres, as being 6,265. 440 children were fitted in 2021-2022. Most of these were fitted bilaterally. (It is likely that the number for centres will be larger than those known to SI services).

BCIG have recently updated their Quality Standard on Cochlear Implants including important sections on clinical practice, assessment and rehabilitation. The new guidance covering adults and children can be found at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14670100.2023.2197344.  A recent BCIG guide for Rehabilitation professionals, working in an Implant Centre can also be found here; www.bcig.org.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/bcig_professional_guidelines_for_rehabilitation_staff.pdf

These standards a guides give a very good insight into what HI professional working with children with Cochlear Implants should be able to expect from implant services to support children in the UK.

For more general guidance about Cochlear Implants and information on eligibility criteria for a CI the NICE guidance can be accessed here; https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta566

The Equality Act 2010 and Educational Settings - Disability Discrimination and reasonable Adjustments - The role of the Tribunal
Thursday 19 October 2023  -  13:30 - 16:00
Platform: Online via Microsoft Teams


We are pleased to announce that the presentations from this training event are now available, along with a a fact sheet bringing together the links for all the resources mentioned in the presentations.

Available documents

A Hearing to Succeed and Achieve booklet has gone live today on the Ewing Foundation website as a fully functional Flipbook with internal links and QR codes. You can find it here.

This resource links with the new NICE Guidance on Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) in Under 12’s which was published on 30 August 2023.

Katy Michell, the author and Ewing Foundation Education advisor, has written this booklet to assist those working with pre-school children with fluctuating hearing loss.

Young children can have a mild to moderate hearing loss throughout their pre-school years, which has a significant impact on their language and ultimately impacts their behaviour and wellbeing.

Services will be able to use this resource to signpost to families and to early years settings to provide information and advice that will be really beneficial for the children they are supporting. It provides clear strategies to promote speaking and listening as well as information about improving the listening environment.