The voice of specialist further education

Natspec Awards

The Natspec Awards recognise and celebrate excellent practice in the specialist further education sector. They also help to promote continuous improvement and raise standards in our sector. If you are doing something innovative to improve outcomes for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, why not get involved?

You can view all of the information about the Natspec Awards here.

The shortlist for the 2020 Natspec Awards was announced in March and the Award Winners were announced at our virtual ceremony on 2 July 2020.

Natspec Awards logo

Eligible applicants

The awards are open to any specialist FE provider that is currently a full member of Natspec. The awards are not open to Natspec Transform members or General FE Colleges.

Applicants must be willing to support Natspec to disseminate the learning from their projects. For example, we might ask you to contribute to producing a written case study or short talking-head video, take part in a webinar, or present your work at a forum. This way, all members will be able to benefit from the effective practice we identify through the awards.

Key dates for 2021

Applications open

28 September 2020

Closing date for applications

10 February 2021 – at 1pm

Shortlist announced

by 24 March 2021

Winners announced

To be confirmed

The Natspec Awards categories 2021

The eight awards categories are:

  1. Innovative use of technology
  2. Pathways into employment
  3. Student voice
  4. Mental health and wellbeing
  5. Inter-disciplinary working
  6. Partnership working
  7. Curriculum Innovation
  8. Home Learning

What the winners receive

Award winners will receive:

  • £250 CPD bursary
  • use of the Natspec Award winners’ logo on their college headed paper, websites and other promotional materials

Award winners will also be presented with a certificate and a trophy to keep.

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