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Post-16 specialist education: essential information for new providers – Manchester

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26 September 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Manchester Central
Petersfield Manchester M2 3GX United Kingdom + Google Map
0161 834 2700
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0115 8541322
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Have you recently opened new education provision for post-16 or post-19 students with SEND? Or are you thinking of opening a new specialist post-16 institution, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency?

Many new providers have been surprised and shocked at how much they have had to change or introduce as a result of becoming an ESFA funded college and subject to Ofsted inspections.

“Becoming a college changed our whole perspective and culture.”

Therese Timberlake, ROC College, Part of United Response, Devon

“I never realised how much I didn’t know about specialist FE provision – I’ve learnt so much”

Sarah Jones, Willow Tree Centre

If you are new specialist post-16 provider this day is for you.  Each session will guide you through aspects of the sector and give you advice and guidance to ensure quality provision.  Expert speakers and a panel of principals and CEO’s from organisations who have been through the process in the last five years will share their knowledge and experience.

There will be an opportunity to speak to past and current Ofsted inspectors, and discuss curriculum design, staff structures, safeguarding, funding, contracts, data management and using the ILR.


£120+vat for non-members

£100+vat for Transform members   Become a Transform member

£50+vat for full Natspec members

Bookings for this event have now closed, if you wish to attend please email Rita Buckley in the Natspec office.  There is still time to book for the next event in London on the 29 November. 

General information

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 7 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 7 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.