The voice of specialist further education


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 and membership of the Natspec Transform CPD service. The benefits of each type can be accessed using the links below:

Application forms

Download the membership application forms if you wish to apply. If you have any questions, please contact the office at

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). Natspec’s 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?

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