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.

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.

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for a new NatSIP training day Supporting the achievement of apprentices with sensory impairment.  This interactive training day is for apprenticeship training provider staff.

The workshop will be available in two different venues on separate dates:

Date 1: Friday 17 November 2017
Time: 10:00-16:15

Hilton Doubletree Hotel,
One Piccadilly Place, Auburn Street
M1 3DG

Date 2: Friday 1 December 2017
Time: 10:00-16:15

Hamilton House,
Mabledon Place,

 Who is this training day for?

This new, interactive, one‐day training course is for apprenticeship training provider staff to help you meet the needs of deaf/hearing impaired and vision impaired apprentices and fulfil your duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Delegates will receive a comprehensive resource pack and practical information on the following:

  • Understanding the barriers young people with sensory impairments face on apprenticeships and how they can be overcome.
  • Technology and support workers used by young people with sensory impairment.
  • Funding for additional support.
  • Assessing the needs of young people with sensory impairment.
  • The latest policy developments.

Who is leading the day?

The day will be facilitated by Martin McLean from the National Deaf Children’s Society, and Jude Thompson, a qualified teacher of children and young people with vision impairment.

How much will it cost?

The event costs £50/delegate, reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.  The cost includes refreshments and lunch.

Available documents:

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for a new NatSIP workshop How can we show that we make a difference? a one-day workshop is for heads of sensory services, senior managers and practitioners.

The workshop will be available in three different venues on separate dates:

Date 1: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00

Copthorne Hotel
The Close, Quayside,
Newcastle upon Tyne

Date 2: Tuesday 5 December 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00

Hamilton House,
Mabledon Place,

Date 3: Tuesday 23 January 2018
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Hilton Doubletree Hotel
One Piccadilly Place
1 Auburn Street
M1 3DG


Demonstrating the impact of our work in schools, colleges and settngs on individual children and young people with sensory impairment is a real challenge. 

It is a necessity both for understanding and improving our own practice and so that we can provide well‐founded information for those who are paying for our services.

This workshop use a case study approach to examine what we mean by impact and how we might go about gathering evidence.

By the end of the day you will have:

  • Explored what is meant by impact in your context
  • Mapped out the journey leading to impact on a child or young person’s wellbeing, participation and achievement
  • Identified your own priorities for measuring impact
  • Developed some evaluation strategies.

We will be using case studies that you identify from you own practice to support these outcomes.


The cost for the day is £50/delegate reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations, including refreshments and lunch.

Who is leading the workshop?

The workshop leader is Niki Elliot, who leads on SEND for the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

Niki has wide experience of working with CYP with SEND, including SI, in schools and Local Authorities. She has worked with NATSIP on developing effective partnerships with schools colleges and settngs.

Available documents:

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/

Recent research in the USA about babies with hearing loss and the importance of early intervention can be accessed 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 .


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.