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

19 September 10:15 am - 4:00 pm

The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE


19 September
10:15 am - 4:00 pm
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0115 8541322


The Roundhouse
Roundhouse Road
Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JE United Kingdom
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01332 334800

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”  Nik 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. Expert speakers and a panel of principals and CEOs 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 current Ofsted inspectors, and discuss curriculum design, staff structures, safeguarding, funding, contracts, data management and using the ILR.


10am arrival and refreshments

10.30am Welcome, introductions and an overview of the FE sector

11.00am Lessons from setting up new provision: a panel discussion “if only I had known then what I know now…”

11.45am to 2.30pm Ensuring Quality: Discussion groups and top tips covering: governance and leadership / safeguarding / curriculum planning and quality / employer links / staffing structures / learning support / data, management information and reporting

2.30pm Funding, contracting, data management and the ILR

4.00pm Depart


£120+vat for non-members

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£50+vat for full Natspec members

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