Benefits

The benefits to you and your organisation of Natspec Membership

Make sure your views count

Becoming a member of Natspec provides you and your organisation with a range of benefits. These include ensuring your views count in Government consultations to providing access to training and best practice for your teams.

Natspec offers two types of membership.

Full Membership

Full Membership is open to organisations whose primary purpose is to make post-16 education and training provision for learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities (or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – SEND), where the majority are funded through the high needs system in England (or equivalent in Wales, Scotland and NI). 

Benefits

Promotion and PR:

  • Inclusion in the Natspec directory, which is sent to careers, schools and LAs, and widely used by young people and their families
  • Inclusion on the Natspec website www.natspec.org.uk.
  • Case studies and news stories about member colleges included in Natspec News, our termly e-newsletter, which is sent to over 2,000 stakeholders and government bodies

The voice of specialist further education:

  • Your views represented to Government in response to legislation and other consultations
  • Representation on a wide range of national organisations within the FE system
  • Links into regional groups and national networks of similar providers
  • You receive full voting rights and the opportunity to stand as a Board member

Training, advice and guidance:

  • Policy forums – on employment, care, HR, funding, quality
  • Regional meetings and benchmarking opportunities
  • TechAbility – a new service to improve your technology infrastructure and AT services
  • Natspec Transform – outstanding value for money events and a new CPD, training, networking and consultancy service offering your college the chance to develop your staff as trainers and facilitators, or as delegates attending training courses
  • National conferences and events: you receive a free residential place at our 2 day annual conference and two free places at networks and forums.
  • Regular updates on issues of direct relevance to the sector
  • Support for quality improvement through networks, peer working groups, national events and forums

Projects and partnerships:

  • Cross-sector projects with the opportunity for members to be involved in delivery
  • Significantly discounted cost of AoC membership if requested
  • Focus weeks: for example Work Experience Week, Maths Week
  • Natspec Games: showcasing participation and achievement in sport.
  • Inclusive Skills: highlighting the work of students and their teachers, improving links with employers and showcasing Natspec members on a national stage.
  • Student Voice: including students in policy making at the highest level, with a new partnership with NUS to support this.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to organisations or departments of larger organisations that offer provision for students funded through the high needs system either alongside other provision, including non-specialist provision, such as GFE departments or ITPs, or in Non-maintained or independent special school sixth forms or FE units. Organisations in the process of seeking ESFA approval for funding through the market entry process are also eligible for Associate membership.

Benefits

  • Guidance on all aspects of high needs funding
  • Targeted guidance, events and resources to help you devise and implement RARPA systems
  • Advice and networks sharing good practice on MIS systems and ILR returns for high needs students
  • Support in terms of preparing for Ofsted for high needs learners
  • Regular updates on all issues of direct relevance to the sector
  • Your views represented to Government in response to legislation and other consultations
  • Representation on a wide range of national organisations within the FE system
  • Outstanding value for money Natspec training events and conferences
  • Regular copies of the Natspec bulletin, providing up-dates on new initiatives and developments, and general information
  • Support for quality improvement – e.g. quality improvement projects, employment forum, care forum, HR matters
  • Links into regional groups and national networks of similar providers
  • Voting rights for regional representative on the Board, plus the option to vote on changes to associate fee
  • Inclusion on the Natspec website directory www.natspec.org.uk for an additional fee of £500.00

Please contact the Natspec office if you have any questions regarding which membership would be best for your provision.

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