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Post-16 specialist education: essential information for anyone new to the FE sector

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22 September 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm




0115 8541322
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Are you planning to open, or have you recently opened, new education provision for post-16 or post-19 students with SEND? Or do you work at an established specialist college but are new to the FE sector, perhaps having come from the school or social care sectors?


Many new providers, or professionals who have not worked in specialist further education before, have been surprised and shocked at how much they have had to change or introduce as a result of setting up or working in an ESFA funded college.

“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

“I would recommend this training to anyone considering setting up a specialist college”  Nick Kandola, Great Oaks College


If you are new to specialist post-16 further education, 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.


Our timings for the day include regular breaks, as well as a longer lunch break when delegates will be welcome to temporarily leave the webinar, or take the opportunity to discuss questions privately to individual speakers.

9.30 Welcome and introduction

9.40 Your place in the FE sector: where does your organisation fit?

10.15 Break

10.30 Lessons from setting up new provision: “if only I knew then what I know now” – panel of senior leaders from specialist providers

11.35 Break

11.50 Establishing new provision: Leadership and governance, curriculum, staffing.

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Safeguarding

14.45 Break

14.50 Understanding Ofsted inspection

15.30 Funding, contracting, data management and the ILR

16.30 Final questions/end of training

Participants can choose to attend the whole day or the parts that most interest them.


Instead of charging per attendee, we are currently extending our usual fee to cover the whole college/organisation. We therefore encourage multiple colleagues to attend this event where relevant.


Please book using the form below

Joining instructions will be sent to you via e-mail after confirming registration. Invoices will be sent after the event.

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