The voice of specialist further education
Loading Events

Specialist FE: essential information

  • This event has passed.


23 March 2022
24 March 2022
Event Category:
Event Tags:



This training takes place over two consecutive days, please ensure you select both dates on the registration page.

For new or emerging specialist FE colleges, and anyone new to the specialist FE sector

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?

If you are new to specialist post-16 further education, this 2-day event is for you. Each session will guide you through aspects of the sector and give you advice and guidance to ensure quality provision. The course will cover curriculum planning, leadership and governance, staffing, funding, reporting and data management, and preparing for your first Ofsted inspection.

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.

Learn from experienced practitioners and senior leaders who have been through the process of setting up a new specialist FE college, and learn to avoid the pitfalls that many people fall into as they navigate the complexities of the FE sector.

“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



Instead of charging per attendee, we are extending our usual fee to cover the whole college/organisation. We therefore encourage multiple colleagues to attend this event where relevant. All attendees do need to register separately as all join links are personalised and unique. Multiple bookings from your organisation will not incur multiple charges.

This cost covers both sessions. Invoices will be issued after both sessions are complete.


This training takes place on Wednesday 23 March and Thursday 24 March from 9.30am-1.00pm.

Book your place

By booking a place you understand that if you do not attend and have not cancelled within the agreed timeframe, you will be charged. Please ensure you read our cancellation terms and conditions prior to booking.

Please visit the zoom registration page to book your place for this event.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please keep this accessible and check your spam folder before contacting with any issues.

It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure they can attend Zoom training sessions. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom or wish to test your system is compatible, please use the test meeting facility. Please also regularly ensure you have the latest version.