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.

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
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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

Did you know that there are no less than NINE NatSIP events and training courses on offer between January and March 2017?

Details of each event, along with links to further information and booking forms can be found in our pdf Events Newsletter .

Booking is now open for our new Workshop for professionals:  Supporting SI children and young people without an EHC Plan

Date:
Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Hamilton House
Mabledon Place
London
WC1H 9BD
Booking: Open now
Cost: £50/delegate
reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations

 

Most children and young people with a vision and/or hearing impairment go through education without receiving an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, but local authorities have a duty to identify and be responsible for all children with SEN and disabilities, not just those who require an EHC plan.

  • Are you looking for advice on how you can improve the support for children and young people who do not have an EHC plan?
  • Would you like to help ensure families are aware of the support their child should be getting and help schools to understand and fulfil their duties?
  • Would you like to improve your understanding of what ‘SEN support’ and the ‘assess,plan, do, review’ cycle within the SEND Code of Practice mean, as well as what it means to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ under the Equality Act 2010?

If so, this workshop is for you.

The day will provide you with an informal and relaxed opportunity to improve your professional practice and understanding of the legal requirement to make provision for all children and young people with a sensory impairment. There will be presentations and discussion/group work and plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions.

By the end of our workshop, you will:

  • have an understanding of the legislation relating to support for children and young people without a plan
  • be able to help schools and other education providers to understand and fulfil their duties under the legislation
  • feel more confident about your role in ensuring that there is good quality support for all children and young people with sensory needs.

The workshop is led by Andrea Scrivens, a parent of a child with vision impairment and an education consultant for the National Deaf Children’s Society, with many years’ experience of working in a local authority SEN team.  Catriona Filmer, Deputy Director, Support and Advice Services at NDCS, will also be available to answer questions.

Available documents:

NDCS colleagues have now updated and republished the National Deaf Children’s Society quality standards for early years support for deaf children.

This, along with a self-audit tool, can be found on the NDCS website at: www.ndcs.org.uk/QSEY.

The RNIB have released two new guides for families and friends of children with vision impairment:

Both can be downloaded from the RNIB website via the links above.

 

Following the successful SI commissioning event in London yesterday, 15 November 2016, we are pleased to make the speaker presentations from the day available:

You need to be registered on the NatSIP website and logged in before you can follow the links above.

 

NDCS have published a number of new and updated resources:

New

School exclusions webpage (www.ndcs.org.uk/exclusions)

Video: My deaf child and getting sign language lessons. Also on the Know Your Rights webpage (www.ndcs.org.uk/localcouncil)

Daisy and Ted’s Awesome Adventures(www.ndcs.org.uk/awesomeadventures) About the author: Alex Naidoo (www.ndcs.org.uk/alexnaidoo)

NDCS added the following stories from back issues of Families magazine to the website.

Mild deafness – major effects (issue 38)

Helping Harry hear (issue 39)

Never give up (issue 39)

Updated

Breaking the Sound Barrier: A guide to recruiting and supporting deaf colleagues has been updated in light of the disability ‘two ticks’ scheme changing to ‘disability confident’. The updated version is on the website and we also have hard copies in stock.

The Scotland version of Know Your Rights: Getting support from your local council is currently being updated following a change to the law over the summer. This will be ready to download in the next week or two. Printed copies will be available from around August next year when NDCS have more certainty around what these policy changes mean.

Bullying: Advice for parents of deaf children

Bullying and Deaf Children: A guide for primary and secondary schools

Bullying webpage www.ndcs.org.uk/bullying

Down’s syndrome and childhood deafness webpage (replaces booklet)