Post-16 specialist education: essential information for anyone new to the FE sector – Derby

Are you planning to open, or have you recently opened, new education provision for post-16 or post-19 students with SEND? Or do you work at an established specialist college but are new to the FE sector, perhaps having come from the school or social care sectors?

Many new providers, or professionals who have not worked in specialist further education before, have been surprised and shocked at how much they have had to change or introduce as a result of setting up or working in an ESFA funded college.

“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

“I would recommend this training to anyone considering setting up a specialist college”  Nik Kandola, Great Oaks College

If you are new to specialist post-16 further education this day is for you. Each session will guide you through aspects of the sector and give you advice and guidance 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 current Ofsted inspectors, and discuss curriculum design, staff structures, safeguarding, funding, contracts, data management and using the ILR.

Agenda

10am arrival and refreshments

10.30am Welcome, introductions and an overview of the FE sector

11.00am Lessons from setting up new provision: a panel discussion “if only I had known then what I know now…”

11.45am to 2.30pm Ensuring Quality: Discussion groups and top tips covering: governance and leadership / safeguarding / curriculum planning and quality / employer links / staffing structures / learning support / data, management information and reporting

2.30pm Funding, contracting, data management and the ILR

4.00pm Depart

Cost

£120+vat for non-members

£100+vat for Transform members   Become a Transform member

£50+vat for full Natspec members

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General information

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 7 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 7 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

Implementing and improving supported internships

An interactive workshop, delivered through Natspec Transform for organisations who are planning to introduce supported internships or improve or expand their existing provision.

A supported internship is a type of study programme specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 with an EHC plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.  They are very effective in helping young people with SEND achieve paid employment.

This workshop will

  • introduce you to a range of supported internship models
  • explore planning considerations such as staffing, employer engagement, partnership-working and recruitment of learners
  • provide you with examples of effective practice
  • help you review and improve existing provision
  • give you the opportunity to work together to tackle specific challenges

Your trainer: Caro Birtles is an experienced FE SEND practitioner and consultant.  In her most recent role at National Star, an outstanding Independent Specialist College, she was responsible for recruiting and assessing potential interns, working with them to identify appropriate placements, and providing training for employers.

Price

£150+vat for non-members

£125+vat for Transform members   Become a Transform member

£75+vat for full Natspec members

An invoice will be sent after the booking has been made, we do not accept payments by credit or debit cards.

Bookings for this event are now closed. To be put on the waiting list, please email info@natspec.org.uk.

 

General information

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 7 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

10 practical steps to include more learners

A packed day to raise your awareness of a wide range of solutions for inclusion.

10 quick fire topics covering a wide range of assistive hardware, software and techniques such as tablet accessibility, phone apps, camera access, voice access, Office Learning Tools, digital resources and more.

“All of the topics were delivered extremely well, and were delivered in a flexible way which made the training content really meaningful”

“I found the session extremely informative: all the topics covered were new to me”

Previous workshop attendees

Cost

£80+vat for non-members

£60+vat for Transform members Become a Transform member

£40+vat for full Natspec members

Bookings for this event are now closed. To be put on the waiting list, please email info@natspec.org.uk

General information

We will send you an e-mail confirmation and joining instructions, including a venue map approximately one week before the event.

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 5 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 5 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

Training and information day for ILR and quality leads

Data, management information, quality indicators and the ILR – getting it right first time

Are you tired of wading through ESFA and DfE funding and policy guidance, the ILR specification, QAR business rules and data, checking for errors and ploughing through spreadsheets?

Do you sometimes find discrepancies in the data that you believe to be correct and that held by ESFA or Ofsted?

Do you struggle with questions of coding on the ILR, or whether your MIS system is working for you?

Whether you are new to the ILR or very experienced with inputting and analysing ILR data, this workshop is a chance to explore common mistakes, ask questions of colleagues and learn some top tips from our data specialists. With input from ESFA, we will work through frequently asked questions regarding ILR returns, with a particular look at recording learning aims to ensure your QAR data is reported accurately.

Cost

£150+vat for non-members

£125+vat for Transform members   Become a Transform member

£75+vat for full Natspec members

An invoice will be sent after the booking has been made, we do not accept payments by credit or debit cards.

Bookings for this event are now closed. To be placed on the waiting list, please email info@natspec.org.uk

General information

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 7 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

South West Summer Network

Aimed at SEND professionals from all further education providers in the South West.

The South West Network is an opportunity for those with SEND responsibilities, both Natspec members and non-members, to meet up and share good and outstanding practice irrespective of organisation type or size.

The summer network will focus on Mental Health and Autism, this network will showcase regional initiatives and bring to light some of the great work, resources and support available to practitioners and their learners. Keynote speakers will include experts and specialists in Mental Health and Autism including Weymouth College, with the help of their anxiety dog Charity, who will highlight the strategies they use in order to support practitioners and learners through difficult and stressful times.

Price

£100+vat for non-member organisations

Free for Natspec members and South West Transform network members.

Join Natspec Transform

An invoice will be sent after the booking has been made, we do not accept payments by credit or debit cards.

Bookings for this event are now closed. To be added to the waiting list, please email info@natspec.org.uk

General information

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 7 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 7 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

10 practical steps to include more learners

A packed day to raise your awareness of a wide range of solutions for inclusion.

10 quick fire topics covering a wide range of assistive hardware, software and techniques such as tablet accessibility, phone apps, camera access, voice access, Office Learning Tools, digital resources and more.

Please see the flyer for further information.

Cost

£80+vat for non-members

£60+vat for Transform members Become a Transform member

£40+vat for full Natspec members

Book now using the form below

Bookings are now closed, if you would like to be added to the waiting list please email info@natspec.org.uk

General information

We will send you an e-mail confirmation and joining instructions, including a venue map approximately one week before the event.

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 5 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 5 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

Using RARPA in post-16 SEND provision

An interactive workshop for curriculum managers and practitioners who are considering introducing RARPA or looking to improve their existing approach.

RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement.  It’s a staged process that helps you to establish learners’ starting points, set appropriate targets and goals, design relevant learning programmes and track learners’ progress and achievements.  It provides you with a structured approach to underpin your non-qualification provision.

This workshop will

  • explain what RARPA is and why it’s particularly useful in the context of SEND provision
  • introduce you to each of the RARPA stages and help you to determine what good practice looks like in each
  • offer you guidance on RARPA paperwork and processes
  • help you to work out next steps for your organisation in relation to RARPA

As well as benefiting from the expertise of the specialist trainer, you will have the chance to share practice with other delegates and begin to work on actions to take forward your own provision.

Cost

£150+vat for non-members

£125+vat for Transform members   Become a Transform member

£75+vat for full Natspec members

An invoice will be sent after the booking has been made, we do not accept payments by credit or debit cards.

Bookings are now closed if you would like to be added to the waiting list please email info@natspec.org.uk

General information

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 7 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.