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Natspec National Conference 2023

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13 June 2023
14 June 2023


Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon
West Midlands CV37 6YR United Kingdom + Google Map

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The Natspec National Conference is now fully booked. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please email with details of your package preferences.


The Natspec National Conference takes place on 13 and 14 June, 2023. It is the go-to event for FE professionals who work with students who have EHC plans and/or are funded through the high needs system. This year, in order to accommodate more delegates, we have moved to an exciting new venue: The Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Recent months have presented the FE sector with considerable challenges including staff recruitment and retention, the cost-of-living crisis, and rising energy bills. Against this backdrop, we now face an extended period of change as the government begins to implement its SEND and AP Improvement Plan. Across our two-day programme, we will be reflecting on how to lead in difficult times: how to maintain and improve quality of provision, protect the learner experience and take good care of staff, including leaders having regard for their own wellbeing.

We will also be looking to the future. Through the keynote and workshop sessions, the conference will provide you with aspirational ideas for developing your practice and provision. Come and find out about becoming a greener college, setting up social enterprises, taking on apprentices or co-location of general and specialist FE colleges. Learn how to adopt a coaching style of leadership, plan your specialist CPD offer, or design your sex and relationships curriculum. Check out the conference programme to explore the full range of learning opportunities on offer.

As always, there will be plenty of time across the two days to network with other SEND professionals and find out about new products and services offered by our varied range of exhibitors. You’ll also be entertained and informed by our student speakers and performers. We hope you will leave with an ambitious to-do list, new connections and greater enthusiasm than ever for working with young people with SEND.

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Conference programme

There are four keynotes and four workshop sessions happening across the two days of the conference. These will give you the chance to hear from experts and fellow practitioners alike. We will also be hearing from learners within Natspec colleges throughout the conference.

View the full conference programme

Download the conference programme

Headline sponsors, Databridge and NOCN group, at their tables at last year's conference

Sponsors and exhibition

We are delighted to welcome DatabridgeMIS Ltd and NOCN Group as our headline sponsors for 2023. Alongside them, we are planning a supplier exhibition full of organisations who can support the work you do with your learners.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at our conference, you can check out our 2023 conference sponsor and exhibitor packages and contact with booking requests or queries.


Natspec full members:

Two day residential delegate – £440+VAT

One day delegate – £195+VAT

All full Natspec members also get one free place per college – this needs to be selected in the booking process to take effect.

Transform members:

Two day residential delegate – £495+VAT

One day delegate – £220+VAT

Find out more about Transform membership

Non member colleges and all other organisations:

Two day residential delegate – £580+VAT

One day delegate – £240+VAT

Monday accommodation can also be booked at an additional cost.

Book your place

The Natspec National Conference is now fully booked, if you would like to go on the waiting list, please email with details of your package preferences.