Natspec National Conference 2020: A Question of Quality

The largest conference for FE professionals working with students with EHCPs returns with a focus on improving the quality of provision

Natspec National Conference 2020: A Question of Quality

2nd December 2019

We are excited to announce the return of the Natspec National Conference to Hinckley Island on 19 and 20 May 2020. The conference is the largest specialist event for FE professionals who work with students with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and/or funded through the high needs system.

A Question of Quality

Four people share ideas in one of the breakout rooms

This year’s focus will be on quality of provision. We will seek to challenge, question and stretch your practice in all areas of provision. Having been through years of negotiating the external legislative, structural, systemic and funding changes since 2013, the time is now right for high needs FE providers to focus on their own practice.

So, whatever you need to improve – safeguarding, mental health, behaviours of concern, admissions and assessments, careers, information, advice and guidance and routes to employment, ways of working with PMLD learners, governor input – there will be sessions at conference to support you.

Keynotes and Workshops

Delegates visit the Axcis Education Stand

Conference speakers and workshop facilitators will be asking delegates to question their existing approach, to consolidate and improve good practice, and make changes where necessary.

We are pleased to welcome Dame Christine Lenehan back to the conference for day 2, discussing What next for specialist FE within the wider SEND system? On Day 1, Gareth Morewood’s keynote tackles mental health and autism / learning difficulties, whilst Liz Hodges will take us through the national research picture on multisensory impairment.

A full list of the 15 different workshops at the conference is available to browse; delegates who attend both days will be able to attend four sessions.


Delegates visit the Axcis Education Stand

We are delighted that previous sponsors, Axcis Education Recruitment and Databridge are returning to support the conference again this year.

We are also expanding the exhibition space into the London Suite. This will provide additional space for exhibitors and a better experience for delegates. Delegates will have the chance to discuss their needs with specialist suppliers and find out how they can support organisations within the specialist sector.

Awards Dinner

Delegates gather for a drinks reception

Tuesday night plays host to a glamorous drinks reception and awards dinner. For the first time we will be presenting the Natspec Awards, aiming to raise quality and celebrate innovative practice amongst Natspec’s members.

Book now

A roundtable discussion at the Natspec Conference

This is a must-attend 2-day event for professionals working in specialist further education. It will be packed with best practice and cutting-edge research, leaving you with contacts, ideas and actions to take back to college.

Packages for delegates are now available on the conference website and you can book your place now!