Natspec National Conference 2019

Hinckley, Leicestershire
Tuesday, 02 April 2019
Natspec National Conference 2019
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 - Wednesday, 03 April 2019

Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island
Watling Street
LE10 3JA
United Kingdom

Map and Directions

“High Needs, High Aspirations” aims to challenge and at the same time enthuse delegates. 

Firstly, how do we identify and meet the significant needs of students, staff, professionals and families, as we continue to negotiate a system which has been through almost ten years of austerity and financial challenge, combined with major legislative and structural change?  And how do we do this effectively against a backdrop of cultural, political and economic upheaval and uncertainty?  

Secondly, how can we stretch the boundaries, raise expectations, and support students to fulfil their full potential?  Having high aspirations, for students and the specialists that work with them, and showcasing the expertise and excellence that exists in colleges and their partner organisations, has never been more important.

The Natspec 2019 conference is a must-attend event for FE professionals who specialise in working with students with learning difficulties and disabilities, particularly those funded through the High Needs funding system. At a new venue for 2019, it will be the largest ever high needs FE conference.  The 2-day event will bring you the very best practice in specialist further education, celebrating achievements and highlighting the latest in cutting edge research.

You will hear from national specialists and experts, with workshops and keynote sessions covering Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework, SEND and the law, strategic planning with LAs, maximising employment outcomes, governance, leaner voice, developing and maintaining staff expertise, physical activity and wellbeing, inclusive strategies for challenging behaviours, and a range of topics to support curriculum planning and delivery.

In addition, new for 2019, the conference incorporates the opportunity to network informally throughout the 2 days with “hot topic” tables for discussions on issues such as financial management, diversification, working with parents, post-college living solutions, MIS and data management, GDPR, mainstream-specialist partnerships, and more.

Download the conference programme


Contact Details

  • Natspec
    c/o KHEC
    Tel: 07900 165948

Payment Instructions

  • Natspec full members will automatically receive ONE FREE place without being charged.  For subsequent and all other places, an invoice will be sent to you from the Natspec finance team.  All invoices are payable immediately, failure to pay may result in your conference place being cancelled.

    Payment options:
    To pay by BACS; Payments made directly into our bank must always be fully identified with the name of your organisation and the relevant invoice number

    Bank Details: HSBC
    Account Number: 81549332
    Sort Code: 40-10-07

    To pay by cheque:  Please post your cheque to the Natspec office, Robins Wood House, Robins Wood Road, Nottingham, NG8 3NH


    For payment queries please contact:
    Rita Buckley, Business and Projects Officer, phone 0115 854 1322, email or Gillian Chatto, Finance Officer, Email

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