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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:

Integration of a QT Humanoid Robot: Removing barriers to learning and providing structure for learners with autism

7 July 2021
At Bridge College a QT Humanoid Social Robot (QT robot), supplements existing teaching methods to enhance the social interactions, communication skills, levels of engagement and mental wellbeing of learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Live, work, enjoy and thrive: a blueprint for a whole-area approach to partnership

15 September 2021
Linkage Community Trust and partners have pioneered a model of partnership working that is now being used as a national exemplar by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The model is based on an original project that developed educational provision and community involvement, alongside heritage restoration.

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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