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.

Vision 2020 have published a new paper giving statisitics for sight loss in children and young people, updated for 2017.

The paper can be downloaded via the NatSIP document library pdf here .


We are pleased to announce that a special combined NatSIP working day and annual HoSS event Strengthening the sector in preparation for change is now open for booking.

Date: Wednesday 4 October 2017
Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Friends House
173 Euston Road

This special combined NatSIP working day and annual HoSS event is is for Heads of Service, managers and members of specialist SI service providers, including those in SI settngs, VCS, agencies and organisations working together to secure better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

During the day:

  • André Imich (SEND professional advisor at DfE) will bring us up‐to‐date with the latest information about impact and outcomes from the DfE
  • Brian Gale (Director of Policy and Campaigns, NDCS), will give an update on funding
  • Oxfordshire and London Borough of Wandsworth will present on SI service and school developments
  • Updates from the sector will include short presentations from HoSS, BATOD, VIEW and NatSIP
  • There will be dedicated networking time in the morning and over lunch

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

Available documents:

Delegates will be able to participate in two working groups during the day.

We are pleased top announce a new free-to-attend workshop for parents:  Education, Health and Care Plans post-16 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Date: Saturday 25 November 2017
Time: 09:30-16:30

Friends House
173 Euston Road

This workshop is for parents or carers of young people with sensory impairments.  Young people with sensory impairments who are aged 18 or over may also attend.

This workshop will provide participants with more information about Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans for young people with sensory impairment post‐19.

Whether the young person is already 19 or over, or is likely to have an EHC plan when they turn 19, we hope this workshop will provide useful information that will help support them as they move to adulthood.

We will cover what the law says should happen, both in terms of deciding whether the young person should have an EHC plan when they turn 19 and what happens afterwards.  We will set out the roles and responsibilities of different bodies that should be helping parent/carers and the young people themselves.

We will also explain how support can be given to young people about making decisions about their future. This will include finding out more about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and also about the different education options that may be open.

How much does it cost?
The workshop is free to attend for parents, carers or young people, but you must book places in advance.

Available documents:

In November 2017, NatSIP is running a new Workshop event Education, Health and Care Plans post-16 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Date: Friday 24 November 2017
Time: 09:30-16:30

Friends House
173 Euston Road


This workshop is for professionals who work with young people with sensory impairments. 

The day will set out the legislation and policy context around EHC plans for young people with sensory impairment post-19.  It will also provide delegates with a more in-depth understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, capacity assessments and how to support young people to make their own decisions.

The intended audience for this workshop is intentionally broad to cover the range of roles of professionals who work with young people in this age group and may include specialist SI teachers, further education college staff, support workers, etc.  It also includes any professionals who may be contributing to an EHC needs assessment, annual reviews or transition planning.


The cost for the day is £50/delegate reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations.

Available documents:


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

NDCS published today a new report on the difference that radio aids can make in the early years. The report can be downloaded from www.ndcs.org.uk/research and it is hoped that colleagues will find it helpful and interesting.

The latest presentation of our 5-day MSI RCE Course, will be running in Kent in the Autumn Term. This is jointly supported by NatSIP, Sense and Kent STLS Sensory Service. Booking is open for delegates. 

Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 4:
Day 5:
Thursday 21 September 2017
Thursday 5 October 2017
Thursday 19 October 2017
Thursday 9 November 2017
Thursday 30 November 2017


Please contact:
Beverly Ingleton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Carolyn Lewis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

This 5-day taught course covers key areas of working with deafblind/MSI learners.

There are 15 places available.  The course is for professionals who currently provide direct support for deafblind children / young people.

Delegates on the course will have the opportunity to identify and share good practice, whilst receiving support from a mentor. A mentor could be identified locally by participants and agreed with course organisers, or be provided by the course team at additional cost.

Available documents:

The following document is available:

Supporting the achievement of deaf young pople in higher education is a new NatSIP publication which has been produced by the National Deaf Children’s Society with support from the Consortium of Higher Education Support Services for deaf students (CHESS), The Ear Foundation and NatSIP.

The resource will help staff in higher education (HE) to:

  • make sure that deaf students have the support they need to make good progress, take advantage of the opportunities of HE and successfully complete their studies
  • take the reasonable steps required under the Equality Act 2010 (or the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) in Northern Ireland) to make sure that deaf students are not treated less favourably than other students.

The following file is available in the document library.

With immense pressure on local authority SEND budgets it is increasingly important to set out a strong business case for commissioning specialist support services for children and young people with sensory impairment.

With our thanks to Brian Gale of NDCS, NatSIP has today (30 June 2017) published a new document containing a framework and checklist to help sensory support services align their services with key duties and requirements set out in legislation and government guidance. This checklist should be used in conjunction with other support materials such which analyse the needs of and outcomes for children and young people with SI

There are two versions of the document available on open access in the document library:

In recognition of the unique and independent role played by NatSIP, we hold a contract with the DfE to provide support for sensory impairment. 

During 2017 – 18 there are two key objectives as part of this contract

  • To enhance the capacity and knowledge base of the front line workforce
  • To develop the capacity of the SI sector

As part of the front line workforce programme NatSIP has committed to the development of face-to-face training and specialist support materials for SENCOs.  Through the promotion of best practice in the SI field NatSIP will provide SENCOs with the knowledge required to address the needs of SI learners in the classroom.

We looking for strategic national partners who will be able to support the programme by offering opportunities for NatSIP Associates to deliver an awareness raising session as part of an existing SENCO qualification provider course or through presentations at SENCO forums and events.

During the session, there will be an opportunity to contribute to the development of a training package, the focus of which will be supporting SENCOs in identifying and addressing the needs of SI children and young people and informing them of the specialist support available.

For more information about the SENCOs programme contact Bev Mars, NatSIP Associate

Childline has produced a YouTube film which discusses challenges for deaf young people.

Childline says: “Issues raised include: schools and teachers not understanding the support deaf children need; children being bullied because they are deaf. Advice given includes: talk to someone about problems; be active not passive; remember that it's not about you, it's about other people's lack of awareness.


You can find the film on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzP5d6I1JRA

The National Deaf Children's Society are taking on deaf apprentices for the first time. They hope that this will open up more opportunities in apprenticeships for young people with hearing impairment.

See: http://feweek.co.uk/2017/06/17/national-charity-pilots-deaf-apprenticeship-programme/

The updated Children and Young People pathway from Vision2020UK is now available from their website:


We have today (8 June 2017) published a new document:  Guidance on - specialist support services, early years services and post 16 funding.

This publication follows questions about funding of educational support for children and young people with sensory impairment (SI) which were raised by Heads of SI Services on their email forum during May 2017. Brian Gale, the Special Education Consortium representative on the DfE’s Schools and Academy Funding Group, responded with a series of answers which have been compiled in to a NatSIP guidance document.

Although the questions cover support of school-aged pupils, early years children and post-16 students, they all relate to what funding has been included in the High Needs Block and how this funding can be used

The document is available: