Folder NatSIP Documents

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Library Categories below are in alphabetical order.  The site search box (upper right of this page) includes documents in the library.


Folder 16-25 Years (including transition)

Documents about YP aged 16-25, including transition.

(Except briefiing notes on transition, which can be found Folder here ).


  • Just Enough Support -  Guidance for supporting young people in FE
  • Supporting Deaf Young People through Transition - NDCS/NatSIP Booklet (40 pages)
  • Transition to University - Links to the online documents produced by the RNIB/Birmingham University longitudinal transitions project.

Folder Better Assessments (including model EHC Plans)

NatSIP Documents for Better Assessments, Better Plans and Better Outcomes in preparation for Education, Health & Care Plans.

This section contains:

  • Assessment Frameworks
  • NatSIP model EHC plans for Ruby, Robert, Rosie, Eva, Hannah, Chloe, Raj, James, Steven and Daniel.
  • Assess-Plan-Do-Review documents other than briefings.  (APDR briefings are Folder here ).
  • EHC Plan documents
  • Vision Impairment Specific Independence Outcomes document, and the associated tracking tool.

Briefing Notes for Parents on Contributing to an EHC Plan (HI, VI, MSI) are here .

Folder Briefing Documents, Papers and Reports

NatSIP Briefing Documents, Papers and Reports.


  • Apprenticeships
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Assess-Plan-Do-Review
  • Baseline assessments for HI CYP
  • Contributing to an EHC Plan - Briefing Notes for Parents
  • Curriculum
  • Funding
  • Future of the Sector
  • Guidance for Parents:  Funding for Early Years education for children with SI
  • Mathematics - a programme to help primary school teachers develop deaf childen's numeracy skills
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Provision of Equipment and Technology
  • Transitions to university for VI YP
  • Writing reports for non-specialist audiences - guidance for:
    • Audiology professionals
    • Eye health professionals

Folder BSL Coalition

Documents relating to the BSL Coalition, including:

  • Audit Report (Mar 2015)
  • Language Planning
  • Tactile Signing.

Folder CPD for Specialist Teachers

CPD for Specialist Teachers

  • CPD Standards for Teachers' Professional Development
  • Leonardo Competencies
  • Mandatory Qualifications for Specialist Teachers

Folder Curriculum

Curriculum Reports and Support Documents other than briefings (Curriculum briefings are Folder here )


  • Effective Support for Pupils with VI in Secondary Schools (document suite)
  • Examination access for pupils with sensory impairment (access guide)
  • Teaching Assistant Guidance (incl model job descriptions)
  • Victoria School MSI Curriculum and related documents

Folder DfE

NatSIP and the DfE:

  • Contract funding for 2017-18
  • Contract funding for 2016-17
  • Grant Funding for 2015-16
  • Contract Funding for 2013-15


Folder Eligibility Framework

Eligibility Framework for Scoring Support Levels Documents

  • The Eligibility Framework is a tool that enables services to provide an equitable allocation of their resources.  Entry and exit criteria for support are provided as well as a means of identifying the levels of support required.  The current version of the Eligibility Framework is the Summer 2017 Edition.
  • Habilitation Eligibility Framework documents are in their own sub-section


Folder Emotional Resilience

Files relating to the Emotonal Resilience Workstream, including:

  • Emotional Resilience Questionnaires
  • Think Right - Feel Good - HI
  • Think Right - Feel Good - VI
  • Think Right - Feel Good - Self-Advocacy
  • Parents as Partners course

Folder Equality Act

Documents and papers relating to the Equality Act 2010 and its implications for SI.

Folder Guidance On...

NatSIP Guidance On... Documents


  • Checklist for Service Alignment with Legislation and Guidance
  • Guidance on Double Funding Questions

For guidance on easy access technolgy, please check out the Mainstream Training Pack.

Folder HoSS Documents

Documents and speaker presentations from the Heads of Sensory Support Services (HoSS) regional and national conferences.

Folder Lamb Enquiry

The Lamb Enquiry (2009)

  • Final Report

Folder Mainstream Training Pack

The Mainstream Training Pack contains the following documents:

  • A place to start - working wth a child or young person with sensory impairment
  • A place to start - Top 10 Tips
  • Guidance on Easy Access Technology
  • Hearing impairment case study
  • Visual impairment case study
  • Multi-sensory impairment case study

Additions scheduled for 2018 include:

  • Accessibility plans (not yet published)
  • Examples of quality first teaching (not yet published)

Folder Mandatory Qualification

Documents relating to the Mandatory Qualificaiton (MQ) for HI, VI and MSI

Folder Mental Capcity Act 2005

NatSIP guidance for parents on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as it relates to young people making their own decisions about their education. 


  • Parents Booklet
  • NatSIP MCA Capacity Assessment Proforma
  • Capacity Assessment Proforma Guidance Notes
  • MCA Summary Briefing Note for SI professionals
  • Links to the legislation and code of practice

Folder MSI and Intervenors

Files relating to Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI) and Intervenors


  • MSI Outcomes Measures document
  • Promoting Independene - Service Standards for intervenor services
  • The future learning and development needs for intervenors

Folder NatSIP Working Days and Events

Files and speaker presentations relating to NatSIP Working Days and Events.

Folder NatSIP-CRIDE Longitudinal Study

This section contains the following files from the NatSIP-CRIDE Longitudinal Study.

  • Information Sheet for Local Authority Hearing Impairment Support Teams
  • Guidance
  • Sample Consent Form (for internal LA use only)
  • (Optional) Individual Pupil Data Collection Forms: Introduction
  • (Optional) Individual Pupil Data Collection Form: Cohort A
  • (Optional) Individual Pupil Data Collection Form: Cohort B
  • Reference Copy of the Survey Questionnaire: On-Screen version
  • Reference Copy of the Survey Questionnaire: Hard Copy version
  • Primary school accountability in 2017 (DfE)

Folder Outcomes Benchmarking - Guidance & Forms

This section contains:

  • Guidance Document for the Outcomes Benchmarking exercise for Academic Year 2016-17 which closes in February 2018.
  • Optional Individual Pupil Data (IPD) Collection Forms for HI, VI and MSI are also in this section.  The IPD forms are for internal use by services.  If used within a service, they should not be returned to NatSIP.

(Documents from previous NatSIP Outcomes Benchmarking exercises are archived Folder here )

Folder Outcomes Benchmarking - Reports & Archive

Outcomes Benchmarking:

  • Reports
  • Archive of files from previous exercises
  • Tracking Resources submitted by Services

Folder Quality Improvement & Quality Standards


  • Quality Standards for Sensory Services
  • Quality Improvement Support Pack and supporting materials

Folder SEND & Pathfinders

Documents relating to Special Educational Needs and Disability and Pathfinder Pilots.

Folder SEND Reforms - Implementation Support

NatSIP guidance to support schools, services, Local Authorities and agencies with the implementation of the SEND Reforms, within the Children and Families Act 2014, for children and young people with Sensory Impairment

These include:

  • Joint Commissioning (key information to support the requirement for joint commissioning of services for children and young people with sensory impairments)
  • The Local Offer (NatSIP guidance to support the development of the Local Offer for children and young people with sensory impairment
  • The SEN Information Report (an evaluation tool for schools, to ensure that parents are fully informed about provision for children and young people with SEND, including Sensory Impairment)

Folder SERSEN & SESIP Document Archive

Documents from the former SERSEN and SESIP Websites.

Folder SI Documents and Papers

Documents and papers relating to Sensory Impairment policy and practice.

Folder Suporting the SI Workforce

Files from the Supporting the SI workforce and Workforce Development workstreams.


  • Supporting the achievement of deaf children in... - a series of resources about how best to support deaf children in different educational settings
  • Report on the factors promoting and inhibiting the successful supply of specialist teachers
  • Proposal to develop a new standardised braille reading test
  • Report:  Pupils with a hearing impairment who do not make the expected levels of progress - recommendations to improve outcomes
  • Learner outcomes framework for VI children and young people - report and supporting documents


Folder Training Pathways

Training pathways documents