Heather Murdoch, one of the NatSIP workstream leads, is currently developing a toolkit linked to the Victoria MSI Unit Curriculum, for publication on the NatSIP website.

The toolkit will contain materials to support delivery of the curriculum and use of the linked assessment profiles, including:

  • discussion of the issues for planning, recording and evaluating progress using the Victoria Curriculum
  • sample templates for target-setting, identifying student needs and teaching strategies, planning and recording progress
  • case studies and ‘worked examples’ of the templates

The materials have been trialed and revised at Victoria, and Heather is now seeking feedback from other professionals in order to make them as useful as possible in other settings. A broader perspective really does make a difference, and she would very much appreciate your help.

If you use the Victoria Curriculum and would be willing to comment on the draft toolkit, please get in touch:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The draft materials, together with a comments form, will be sent out at the end of October 2017, and feedback will need to be returned by the end of November 2017.

Dr Heather Murdoch, and colleagues from the MSI unit at Victoria School, Birmingham, have many years of experience in developing curriculum approaches for children who are deafblind / multi-sensory impaired.  In 2009, Heather structured and formalised these ideas into a curriculum document, with a view to sharing them more widely.

The curriculum addresses the particular learning needs of pupils with MSI who are working at P levels 1-8 - in order to give them the awareness, experience, understanding and learning skills they need to access National Curriculum programmes of study successfully. The issue of pupil progression is dealt with clearly and in a practical way.

The Curriculum document, which is a free resource, is available via the Sense web site at https://www.sense.org.uk/content/msi-curriculum

You will need to register on the Sense website to download the curriculum document.

The NatSIP workstream looking at outcome measures for CYP with MSI  (workstream 1A.2)  have produced this report.

There is an increasing focus on outcomes in all areas of SEND. NatSIP’s primary aim is to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairments. NatSIP operates an annual benchmarking exercise addressing outcomes achieved by HI, VI and MSI learners who are in mainstream provision. Whilst there are an increasing number of MSI learners shown in this exercise, the majority of MSI learners fall outside this scope.


The aim of the workstream was to develop an outcomes framework to demonstrate the progress of multi-sensory impaired (MSI) learners with a focus on the MSI specific elements of learning, development and wellbeing that allow provisions to ensure that learner needs are supported. In the future, the outcome framework may be used to benchmark progress as an ‘add-on’ to the wider benchmarking exercise.

The report of the pilot of outcome measures for MSI learners can be found pdf here in the document library.

NatSIP workstream 6c, which has had a focus on the work of intervenors with deafblind/MSI young people, has published a the report Promoting independence: Intervenors and deafblind/MSI children and young people.

The report has been developed with support from a wide range of colleagues with MSI experience and is a guide for interventor service standards in education, health and social care. It is available in the NatSIP document library pdf here .