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Specialist FE: essential information

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

Have you recently opened new education provision for post-16 or post-19 students with SEND? Or are you thinking of opening a new specialist post-16 institution, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency?

Read Natspec’s research and guidance on opening new provision and ensuring quality.

Many new providers have been surprised and shocked at how much they have had to change or introduce as a result of becoming an ESFA funded college and subject to Ofsted inspections.

“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

If you are part of a new specialist post-16 provider, or new to the sector, this day is for you. The workshop guides you through aspects of the sector. We give you advice and guidance on how to ensure quality provision. Expert speakers and a panel of principals and CEOs from organisations who have been through the process in the last five years will share their knowledge and experience.

There will be an opportunity to speak to past and current Ofsted inspectors. We also discuss curriculum design, staff structures, safeguarding, funding, contracts, data management as well as using the ILR.

LSA with a learner

If you have further queries about this training, not covered on this page or in the below event pages, please contact

For information about more services that could help review your provision, please visit our Transform pages.

Upcoming dates

Specialist FE: essential information

12 March 2025
New to specialist post-16 further education? This event will guide you through aspects of the sector and give you advice and guidance to ensure quality provision.

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