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.

You may be interested in these case studies of effective or innovative practice in VI services that have just gone onto the RNIB website: https://www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-advice-professionals-education-professionals/maintaining-quality-provision

RNIB colleagues have published research briefings on VI data. These can be accessed on the RNIB website through this link:

http://www.rnib.org.uk/who-we-are-knowledge-and-research-hub-research-reports-education-research/sen-briefing-2016

 

A big thank-you to all of the LA Sensory Support Services who have submitted data for the seventh annual NatSIP Outcomes Benchmarking excercise.

As of today (31 March 2017) 101 LAs are represented in the submitted data.  This means that the target of 100+ LAs included within the DfE contract has once again been achieved.  The final number of LAs is likely to rise even higher with the online submission system remaining open until Friday 7 April 2017

The early achievement of this target, in comparison with the usual beginning of June in previous years, will enable the reporting to take place well in advance of the end of June deadline, which will hopefully be more helpful to services in terms of development planning.

A consultation issued today on reforms to the primary assessment system.  See:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-consult-on-reforms-to-primary-assessment-system

The government has also launched a parallel consultation on the recommendations of the independent Rochford Review, to look at how the school assessment system successfully tracks the progress of children of all abilities.

Today, Monday 20 March 2017, as part of the work of the Technology workstream, NatSIP has published a new briefing note on LENA - the Language Environment Analysis Tool.

The briefing note is available pdf here in the Document Library. You will need to be registered on the NatSIP website and logged in to follow this link.

Today, 8 March 2017, NatSIP has launched its new Sensory Learning Hub, a central resource for the sensory impairment community.  It hosts trusted information about sensory impairment and a hub of discussion, shared ideas and resources.

It is aimed at the mainstream workforce (teachers, SENCos and Teaching Assistants) as well as specialist practitioners (qualified SI teachers and therapists).

Once logged in to the web site, you can access the Sensory Learning Hub from the menu above.

We want the sensory impairment community to access the hub to gain and share information. The hub has been designed to be interactive, a place to ask questions, share good ideas as well as tap into resources or access two new  What works databases for Teaching and Learning and Technology.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on this exciting new development.

NDCS has published new quality standards for the use of personal radio aids. This replaces the previous quality standards on radio aid systems.

See: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/document.rm?id=9697

The quality standards have been published in collaboration with the UK Children’s FM Working Group.

On March 27th and 28th NatSIP, working with Sense and local MSI colleagues, are offering a new, specialist two-day course for practitioners who work hands-on with deafblind/multi-sensory impaired children and young people in mainstream settings.

This is a pilot course and will take place at Quadrant Court, Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ

The content includes:

  • Understanding the causes of deafblindness/multi-sensory impairment
  • How a combined vision and hearing impairment impacts on learning
  • Recognising the effects of sensory integration difficulties on learners
  • Strategies for developing communication skills
  • Supporting emotional wellbeing and access to out-of-school activities
  • How to manage a classroom for a deafblind/MSI learner
  • Roles and responsibilities in supporting children and young people with deafblindness/multi-sensory impairment

Cost: £50/delegate, discounted to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations

For further information or to book your place, contact:
Rachel Robertson
T: 01273 712518
M: 07795 623516
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

As part of the NatSIP/NDCS project with DfE, a new video has been produced about children and young people with hearing impairment and additional learning needs in a special school.

The video is titled Supporting the Achievement of Hearing Impaired Children in Special Schools and is now online at https://youtu.be/-_0CoqcXIZo

 

NatSIP has published an update to the briefing note on provision of equipment and technology for children and young people with SI. This takes into account the latest legislation on funding and the Equality Act 2010.

The updated briefing note can be found in the document library pdf here .

(Registration and logon is required to follow the link above)

On 22 and 29  March 2017, NatSIP, working with the RNIB and the Surrey Sensory Service, will be offering another presentation of our two-day training course:
Understanding the needs of children and young people with vision impairment

Day 1:
Day 2:
Wednesday 22 March 2017
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ
Booking: Open now

This two‐day training course is for teaching assistants and other education professionals new to working with learners with vision impairment.

  • Presenters:
    Rory Cobb, Principal Officer: Inclusive Education, RNIB
  • David Jackson, Advisory Teacher for Vision Impairment, Surrey County Council

Cost:
Cost for the two‐day course including refreshments and lunch each day:

  • £100/delegate,

discounted to

  • £50/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations

Course content:

  • Understanding the population of learners with vision impairment
  • Roles and responsibilities in supporting CYP with vision impairment
  • The structure of the eye and how we see
  • How is vision assessed?
  • Experiencing the effects of vision impairment
  • How vision impairment impacts on development and learning
  • Strategies for providing access to thecurriculum
  • Access to tests and exams
  • ICT and communication tools used by children and young people with vision impairment
  • Strategies for promoting social interaction
  • Developing mobility and independence skills

Available documents:

 

Sense are organising a 3-day training course: In Practice – a practical approach to developing tactile sign language skills

Dates:
3 days:  Monday 20 through to Wednesday 22 March 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00 each day
Venue: Signing Tree Conference Centre
Ladywood Road
Birmingham
B16 8SZ
Booking: Open now
Cost: £350/delegate

 

Tactile signing is a method used by people who cannot access sign language through the use of vision, or who would benefit from the use of additional tactual information.

It can be the tactile adaptation of an existing sign language like British Sign Language (BSL) for example.

This course is for professionals who are working directly to support tactile sign language development and who have an existing knowledge of sign language. They must be able to sign at a level required for the environment in which you work - signs will not be taught on the course.

For more information, please see: https://www.sense.org.uk/content/practice-practical-approach-developing-tactile-sign-language-skills-three-day-course

We're pleased to announce the publication of a new NatSIP Briefing Note:  pdf Changes in funding for early years education in England (2-4 years)

This is an interim update to our previous briefng note pdf Education Funding and Provision for Children with SI in the Early Years

The statutory provisions providing the context for SEND provision in the early years outlined in the March 2015 briefing note remain unchanged. The purpose of this briefing note is to outline the main reforms to early years funding issued by the DfE in December 2016.

We plan to issue a further update once the DfE has provided further advice on how the new Disability Access Fund and EY Inclusion Fund will work alongside the existing High Needs Block and EY pupil premium to meet additional needs.

Available documents:

Registration and login to the NatSIP website is required to follow the links above.

We were pleased to welcome new NatSIP colleagues and a diverse range of delegates, with interest and knowledge of the 19 to 25yrs agenda, to our event Supporting the achievement of deaf and hearing-impaired apprentices at Friends House in London yesterday (11 January 2017).

Presentations  are now available to download (once registered and logged in to the NatSIP website)

The following documents are available