Our values

Natspec members believe that young people with learning difficulties or disabilities should be encouraged to have high aspirations for the future, and should be able to choose the college that will best enable them to achieve their goals.

What our members provide

Member colleges provide:

  • Challenging but safe adult environments which encourage students to develop personally and socially;
  • Specialist multi-disciplinary teams with expertise in teaching, learning support, therapies and assistive technologies which enable students to learn effectively;
  • High quality, personalised Study Programmes linked to Education, Health and Care plans, which support students to achieve their aspirations for work or higher education; living more; independently with greater choice and control; having friendships, supportive relationships and being involved in the community, and leading a healthy lifestyle;
  • Opportunities for students to develop their communication skills, express their views, and make choices and decisions.

What we promote

To promote continuing improvement and innovation, member colleges:

  • Work in partnership with students and their families, with other members, with other education and training providers, and with local and national agencies;
  • Ensure that staff are suitably experienced and qualified and have regular opportunities to update their professional practice.