The membership association for organisations which offer specialist provision for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities

Who we are

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

Our vision

Our vision is that all young people with learning difficulties or disabilities can access high quality education and training, which meets their individual needs and supports their aspirations for skills, work and life.

What we do

Natspec promotes a ‘mixed economy’ of specialist further education and training provision for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities that broadens their choice, supports their aspirations and represents their best interests.

Our core activities are that we:

  • Represent our members – we act as a national voice, lobbying government and influencing policy
  • Promote and inform our members through our directory, e-news, briefings, conferences and events
  • Train, develop and support professionals across the sector. We promote innovation and demonstrate best practice
  • Develop partnerships and projects with other organisations to improve the quality of provision for learners
  • Provide advice and guidance to young people, their families and supporters

Disability Confident

As part of its on-going determination to increase opportunities for disabled people to find and retain jobs, Natspec has signed up to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme.

The scheme is aimed at giving employers the tools they need to recruit, retain and develop disabled people in their workforce. Employers can sign up to one of three new levels:

  • Disability Confident Committed (Level 1), encouraging employers to start the journey
  • Disability Confident Employer (Level 2), where employers are recruiting, retaining and developing disabled staff
  • Disability Confident Leader (Level 3), where they ensure they are helping others to be Disability Confident as well.

Natspec has initially signed up to level one of the scheme and has committed to offering work experience and work shadowing opportunities for college students.


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