Welcome to siforms.org.uk, the on-line home of e-mail discussion forums for the SI community of practice in the UK.
There are four forums in our family:
The HoSS Forum is moderated by Lindsey Rousseau of NatSIP.
What is the HoSS Forum?
The HoSS (Heads of Sensory Services for Children and Young People) Forum is an e-mail discussion list for Heads of VI, HI and MSI Support Services for Children and Young People, and others with senior management responsibilities in this aspect of specialist work. Messages posted to the forum, via email, are automatically sent to all members.
The purpose is to share ideas and information. It is not appropriate that every team member of a SI service is a member of the HoSS forum. The Head of Service can circulate the information as required.
The VI Forum is moderated by Caireen Sutherland and Sarah Holton of the RNIB.
What is the VI Forum?
The VI Forum is an e-mail discussion list for for Qualified Teachers of Vision Impairment (QTVIs) and associated professionals to share good practice and seek solutions to the challenges of the profession.
The purpose is to enable QTVIs/TOVIs to ask questions and discuss issues of current interest. The conversations are also open to other professionals – anyone who may have pertinent questions and comments to share within the wide field of vision impairment and education e.g. access to examinations, curriculum issues and modification into Braille.
The MSI-Deafblindness Forum is moderated by Dr Liz Hodges..
What is the MSI-Deafblindness Forum?
The MSI-Deafblindness Forum is an e-mail discussion list for qualified professionals working in the field of Deafblindness. Messages posted to the forum, via email, are automatically sent to all members.
The purpose is to share good practice, to ask and share questions and queries, and to disseminate research, information and ideas relating to Deafblindness. It is chiefly related to education and learning.
The QToD Forum is moderated by Paul Simpson (National Executive Officer) and Teresa Quail (Assistant National Executive Officer) of BATOD.
What is the QToD Forum?
A platform to share good practice and seek solutions to the challenges of the profession. The QToD Forum is an e-mail discussion list for Qualified Teachers of the Deaf (QToDs) and associated professionals. Messages posted to the forum, via email, are automatically sent to all members.
The purpose is is to enable QToDs/ToDs to exchange good practice, ask questions and discuss issues of current interest. The conversations are also open to Speech and Language Therapists, SENCOs, audiologists, support staff – anyone who may have pertinent questions and comments to share within the wide field of deaf education.
About the SI Forums
The SI Community Forums were originally provided by BECTA, and then hosted by the DfE, until July 2019, when the DfE withdrew their servers.
NatSIP provided an interim solution during 2018-19 for the HoSS Forum, to keep communication flowing to Heads of SI Services. In October 2019 NatSIP offered a permanent solution to the wider SI community, with all 4 forums live on the new platform in November 2019, supported by DfE through Whole School SEND/nasen.
Subscription to any of the SI Community Forums is free. Colleagues, who meet the eligibility criteria, are encouraged to subscribe to more than one of the four forums.
The SI Community Forums project was founded, created and is powered by NatSIP, which has taken on the running and technical management of the forum platform.