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NatSIP contract with DfE 2013 - 2015

A contract for the provision of specialist information, advice, support and training to improve the outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairments, in the context of the wider SEN reforms has been agreed between NatSIP and the Department of Education.

The contract is effective from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2015 and offers a significant opportunity for the partner organisations within NatSIP to continue to work collaboratively to make a difference in the lives of children and young people with sensory impairment.

In addition to the existing partners across the voluntary and community sector (VCS), schools and Academies, Local Authority services and professional bodies working within NatSIP, a new BSL (British Sign Language) coalition, a consortium of partners from lead deaf organisations, schools and services, has come together to support NatSIP work on particular aspects of improving outcomes for deaf young people using BSL.

Details of NatSIP workstreams, including the new ones to support the contract will be found, as they develop, on the NatSIP website www.natsip.org.uk

In summary these workstreams will be:

  • Objective 1: Improve Outcomes benchmarking and quality of management information on CYP with SI
  • Objective 2: Support Implementation of the SEND Reforms
  • Objective 3: Funding reforms for schools, settings and colleges
  • Objective 4: Advising on teaching and learning strategies to support the curriculum reforms
  • Objective 5: Creating an Online Resource Portal for Sensory Impairment
  • Objective 6: Development of specialist skills Workforce Development
  • Objective 6a: Development of specialist skills for BSL and sign support
  • Objective 6b: Development of resources to support braille literacy in blind children
  • Objective 6c: MSI/Deafblind Interveners for children and young people
  • Objective 7: Post 16 Transition Pathways for CYP with SI

The next NatSIP working day will be held on 4th June 2013 in London where further information and details of the contract work will be made available.