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 and Natspec Transform, for discounted access to our specialist advice, guidance, events and consultancy programmes. 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. Contact Rita Buckley for details.

Member benefits and application forms


Download the information sheet to find out more about the benefits of membership, and complete and return the relevant application form for your type of organisation.

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).

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?