Front Line Workforce

Over the last few months, there have been some exciting innovations and developments taking place through the successful partnership between NatSIP and OnlineTraining Limited (OLT).  In 2016-17, we provided funded places for 25 sensory support services to nominate tutors to lead one of OLT's blended courses (HI, MSI, VI).  We were also able to provide funded places for 268 teachers and teaching assistants doing the training courses.

The DfE contract extension 2017-18 has opened the way for more SI teams to take up this opportunity.  During Q1 of 2016-17, a new wave of tutors are completing a course to familiarise themselves with the content before recruiting students to it. This enables them to plan how best to deliver this professional learning in their locality in a way that suits their team.

  • Participants take between 12 and 16 weeks to complete the course, and have continuing access to the online materials for a further year. 
  • Tutors can create a community of practice around the course content, and offer advice and assistance through forums and face-to-face discussions as part of their normal support to schools. These are all elements of best practice endorsed by the DfE Standard for Teachers’ professional development.
  • Self-paced learning means that no one is excluded by geography or the time of day they are available.
  • Participants are expected to set SMART goals as part of the course and to identify, and report on, interventions to achieve these goals.
  • Course evaluation provides evidence of direct impact on pupil outcomes, and a willingness to continue to work on specific goals subsequently.
  • The feedback from tutors and participants has been universally positive.

Where services have nominated tutors who have enrolled on a course with a view to delivering it, we would encourage them to complete it well within the timeframe of the NatSIP funding from the DfE, which presently ends in March 2018.

Tutors need to ensure they have a cohort up and running in time, and will need to have completed the course themselves, and begun their recruitment process by the end of this term.

Feedback from last year's participant is available on the OLT website.

Over the summer OLT have made some major updates to their system, including the website, the course presentations and the learning management system.

You can view the learning outcomes and a short video demonstration of each course at

For more information please contact Jacqui Webber Gant:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OLT Logo OnlineTraining Limited (OLT) provide blended online SEND courses for teachers and teaching assistants who support children with special educational needs. Each course provides an understanding of a different SEN or disability, together with practical, evidence-based strategies that you can start using immediately. These are:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Motor Coordination Difficulties
  • Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Vision Impairment

OLT also offer courses on effective teaching and learning and managing behaviour that are not specific to learners with special educational needs.

The courses in sensory impairment form part of the NatSIP training pathway.  All courses are designed to be user-friendly and engaging, with quizzes, animations and touches of humour. Their content is written, and updated regularly, by SEN specialists and educational psychologists.

The courses contain resources help you to enhance your learning further, and support you as you develop your practice.

There are forums to give you an opportunity to take part in discussions and share experiences and best practice with others.

The courses are outcome-focused – helping you to gain an improved understanding of your learners, so that you can support your learners to achieve improved outcomes.

For more information, please see:


Evaluation is built into our courses to demonstrate impact on teacher expertise and learner outcomes.

Outcomes statistics pie charts

For more information on course evaluation outcomes see here.


Suzanne Wilkins, Head of Sensory Services in Kent


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