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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.

You can find out all about our 2021 winners here.

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Winner Webinars

Each award winner is invited to give a webinar sharing their award winning practice. You can watch back recordings of the 2020 winners on YouTube. Details of this year’s webinars are below:

Peer support and empowering young people in their career choice

6 October 2021
LEAP college offer learners a variety of opportunities to give young people a choice about their careers. Peer support is provided with Alumni’ students attending post-16 coffee mornings where they talk to current students.

Improving mental health through community links: from dog-walking to meal deliveries

20 October 2021
The multi-stranded Wellbeing programme at Eat that Frog isn’t ‘one size fits all’, but holistically tailored to each learner. Young people have been involved in a range of individual activities targeted to their own interests and needs that have strong links to the local community.

Improving life chances with an inter-disciplinary approach

17 November 2021
At Portland college staff have been working across disciplines through a series of linked initiatives. Positive Behaviour Support/Zones of Regulations and a series of health and wellbeing workshops have been developed as a core part of the curriculum.

Cross-college forum for learners with complex disabilities

1 December 2021
The Cross-College Learner forum at Sense college east, brings together learner representatives from eight colleges sites. Learners at the college have complex disabilities and communication needs.

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.

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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