The voice of specialist further education

Quality health check for specialist FE colleges

Whether you are new to post-16 or post-19 specialist FE or have been operating in the sector for some time, the Natspec specialist FE quality health check is a great way to reflect on the quality and effectiveness of your provision.

Working with an experienced Natspec associate, you will have the chance to consider what you already have in place and be supported to establish priorities for development or improvement in a number of key areas such as:

  • the curriculum including preparing for adulthood
  • staffing including staff development
  • quality systems including the role of governance
  • safeguarding including Prevent.

“I think it is something that is a necessity to keep teams in college provision focused on their intent and identify how to develop according to the needs of the diverse young adults we work with.” Natspec Member

“Our associate was very useful and really helped us see things from a college perspective rather than a school one, which is what we are more used to.” Natspec Member

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How does the quality health check work?

Simply contact us to let us know that you are interested in a quality health check. If you are a new Natspec member, we will discuss the health check with you when you join. We will put you in touch with one of our associates who will arrange to visit you. Together you will plan a schedule that will enable you to discuss your progress to date. You can work with the associate to put specific emphasis on particular aspects of your provision, but we strongly recommend that you cover all the key health check areas.

The associate will spend two days with you and write up a report, setting out an accurate description of your current position and offering advice on the next steps you might take.

“We found the health check to be very thorough and clear. A very positive experience and incredibly valuable to us. This will ultimately improve the quality of education for our provision.” Natspec Member


£1,200 + VAT and expenses, payable as a one-off fee after the visit has taken place. Cost includes initial planning discussions with the associate, the 2 day visit and the comprehensive report.


To register your interest in a quality health check for your provision please email

If you are interested in a more targeted consultancy visit for a specific area of your provision, please contact who would be happy to discuss your options.


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