News and opportunities from NatSIP

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP), is now half way through the contract with DfE (2017-18) as delivery partners for Sensory Impairment (SI) and there are a number of events coming up which might interest you, and families and colleagues you work with. As many of you know these events are very relevant to all SEND and our materials are easily adaptable to other disability groups. Resources on the NatSIP website are free to download:

Are we doing enough to inform students about the importance of looking after their hearing?

“It doesn’t matter to me if I lose my hearing when I’m old, by that time ‘they’ would have developed a cure for hearing loss” claimed a friend’s son recently when she pleaded with him to turn the music on his earphones down, ah the confidence of youth.

School to School Support

With the move towards a school-led, self-sustaining system of school improvement, it is essential that effective working relationships between settings are cultivated, grown and maintained.

SEND Reviewer Training

To maximise the benefits of the SEND Review guide we offer a day long training session. The morning session focuses on how to prepare for the day of the review itself, approaches to gathering evidence on the day of the review and good practice in providing feedback and reporting. Following this, the afternoon session focuses on how to provide effective coaching for follow-up visits and support. We are proud to have trained a community of more than 350 SEND reviewers to date.

Multi-Site Inclusion: How Can Schools Work Together To Meet Need?

This article was originally published by TES. You can read the original here.

In their latest pupil number projections, the DfE indicated that they expect there to be an increase in Special School places of 13,000 over the period 2017 to 2026, reflecting an upward trend in the Special Schools population of 29% since 2007.

Autism in Venice - and Education

I post a lot about the successes and achievements of Kipper, now age 10. Many of which Kipper’s Dad and I have taken most of the responsibility for, until recently, when we now include his school. This blog is different. This is where I give a snap-shot of two hours taken from a trip of a lifetime and the impact autism can have.

Cabinet reshuffle: who’s who in the Education team?

Following the formation of a Conservative minority government with DUP support, Theresa May has completed a reshuffle of her ministerial team.

The Summit: blogger feedback

In the weeks since the Whole School SEND Summit in february we have been delighted to feature in a number of blogs looking back at the event, the lessons learned and next steps. Have a look below and continue the conversation on the Summit Group here and by connecting via Twitter and Facebook.