Become a member

Natspec is the membership association for organisations, including colleges and independent providers, with specialist further education provision for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

There are two types of membership:

  • Full membership for post-16 specialist education providers
  • Transform membership for the wider FE sector

Read more about the benefits and apply here. 

Individuals and freelance consultants can take advantage of some member benefits, including briefings and discounted training, for an annual fee.

Application forms


Download the membership application forms if you wish to apply. If you have any questions, please phone the office on 0115 8541322.

Opening new provision for 16 to 25-year-olds?

If your organisation is setting up new provision for high needs students aged over 16,  you might be considering applying to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to become eligible for funding as a Special Post 16 Institution (SPI).  Natspecs’ research paper on the topic includes recommendations about setting up new provision.

Many new providers have been surprised and shocked at how much they have had to change or introduce as a result of becoming a college funded by the ESFA and subject to Ofsted inspections.

Becoming a college changed our whole perspective and culture. Natspec helped us with the transition

Therese Timberlake, ROC College, Part of United Response, Devon

Natspec can provide advice, guidance and ongoing support on many issues and topics that are an essential part of becoming a college.

Guidance for new provision


Are you thinking about opening new education provision for 16-25 year olds with learning difficulties and disabilities?