Benefits

The benefits to you and your organisation of Natspec Membership

Make sure your views count

Becoming a member of Natspec provides you and your organisation with a range of benefits. These include ensuring your views count in Government consultations to providing access to training and best practice for your teams.

Natspec offers two types of membership.

Full Membership

Full Membership is open to organisations whose primary purpose is to make post-16 education and training provision for learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities (or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – SEND), where the majority are funded through the high needs system in England (or equivalent in Wales, Scotland and NI). 

Benefits

  • Inclusion in the Natspec directory, which is sent to careers, schools and LAs, and widely used by young people and their families
  • Inclusion on the Natspec website www.natspec.org.uk.
  • Your views represented to Government in response to legislation and other consultations
  • Regular updates on issues of direct relevance to the sector
  • Representation on a wide range of national organisations within the FE system
  • Outstanding value for money Natspec training events and conferences
  • Regular copies of the Natspec bulletin, providing up-dates on new initiatives and developments, and general information
  • Support for quality improvement – e.g. quality improvement projects, employment forum
  • Links into regional groups and national networks of similar providers
  • Reduced cost membership of AoC if requested
  • Full voting rights and opportunities to stand as Board members
  • 1 free annual conference place and 2 free places at training sessions or forums (additional places to be paid for)

 

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to organisations or departments of larger organisations that offer provision for students funded through the high needs system either alongside other provision, including non-specialist provision, such as GFE departments or ITPs, or in Non-maintained or independent special school sixth forms or FE units. Organisations in the process of seeking EFA approval for funding through the market entry process are also eligible for Associate membership.

Benefits

  • Guidance on all aspects of high needs funding
  • Targeted guidance, events and resources to help you devise and implement RARPA systems
  • Advice and networks sharing good practice on MIS systems and ILR returns for high needs students
  • Support in terms of preparing for Ofsted for high needs learners
  • Regular updates on all issues of direct relevance to the sector
  • Your views represented to Government in response to legislation and other consultations
  • Representation on a wide range of national organisations within the FE system
  • Outstanding value for money Natspec training events and conferences
  • Regular copies of the Natspec bulletin, providing up-dates on new initiatives and developments, and general information
  • Support for quality improvement – e.g. quality improvement projects, employment forum, care forum, HR matters
  • Links into regional groups and national networks of similar providers
  • Voting rights for regional representative on the Board, plus the option to vote on changes to associate fee
  • Inclusion on the Natspec website directory www.natspec.org.uk for an additional fee of £500.00

Please contact the Natspec office if you have any questions regarding which membership would be best for your provision.

How to apply

Links to download the application forms for Natspec.

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