Mandatory Qualifications for HI, VI and MSI Teachers - the MQ

All qualified teachers of HI, MSI and VI children and young people are required to hold a specialist Mandatory Qualification, often known as the MQ.
The UK government guidance on the mandatory qualification can be found at

MQ Documents in the Document Library

The Mandatory Qualification also has its own section in the  NatSIP document library.  You can find the MQ section here.

Looking for training pathways information?

See the Training Pathways section of the Sensory Learning Hub.  You can find the TP section here.

On 7th September 2023 the teacher for the sensory impaired (QTSI) apprenticeship was approved by IfATE (the Insitute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education) .

  • The Trailblazer Group is assisting University course providers to prepare for delivery of their training as an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will only be possible once a suitable end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) has given an ‘in principle’ commitment to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver assessments on this apprenticeship standard.


  • It is very important that sudent intakes for September 2024 continue to apply to the University course providers for the delivery of the MQs as they are now.


The Trailblazer Group led by Rory McDonnell and Tina Wakefield are to be congratulated and thanked for all their work and support to reach this stage. It is also important to thank colleagues in IfATE for their help during the process. Whilst there is still work to be done before we are able to start the QTSI Apprenticeship this is an amazing achievment for the SI sector. Thank you.