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National Conference 2020

A Question of Quality

Delegates visit the Axcis Education Stand
Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) we would like to announce that regrettably the Natspec National Conference that was scheduled for 19 and 20 May will not now take place as planned. All existing delegate bookings and invoices paid or sent out will be rolled forward to the conference when it is rescheduled, with a new date being planned for March 2021.

Sponsors and exhibitors

Conference Sponsors

Conference Sponsor

Axcis are market leaders in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) staffing. We work with colleges and residential settings across England and Wales to support the recruitment of leadership, teaching and support staff. We can source individuals with a range of specialist training such as moving and handling, non-verbal communication and positive behaviour support strategies. Axcis are hugely proud to sponsor this conference and will have consultants on hand at the Axcis stand to answer your recruitment questions or help you with any current staffing needs.
Business Type: Special Needs Recruitment Company

Conference Sponsor

Databridge is a comprehensive learner management system built around the core concepts of managing individualised learner-centred assessment, teaching and real-time achievement recording, evidencing and reporting. Together with the powerful timetabling system, attendance management and reporting, the bespoke 'Patterns' behavious and safeguarding recording system, care management, and many other functions it provides a single interconnected system specifically designed for Independent Specialist Colleges and is used by more that 50 ISCs, schools, day and residential services. Databridge is proud to be a sponsor of the Natspec 2020 conference, please feel free to come along to our stand for a chat.
Business Type: Software Provider

Registration Sponsor

FE Week is the premier news service for the FE sector in England. Since its founding in September 2011, FE Week has firmly cemented itself as the go-to news source for FE. We are proud of our reputation for breaking news, investigations and expert analysis, which is second to none in the sector. Our specialist jobs board, Education Week Jobs will also be on hand at the conference to discuss your recruitment advertising needs.
Business Type: Publishing


ARC England is a membership organisation supporting anyone who is involved in the planning or delivery of support services for people with a learning disability and/or autism. We currently support and represent over 100 service providers across a wide range of provision types including colleges with a CQC registration. We offer networking opportunities, bespoke training solutions and represent the sector at the highest levels to influence change.
Business Type: Membership Organisation
bksb is the UK's No.1 eLearning solution for Functional Skills and GCSE English and Maths. Our innovative online assessments use Artificial Intelligence to accurately identify an individual's current level and specific skill gaps. Our learning materials are diverse and inclusive, with accessibility features as standard. We currently support almost 90% of colleges. Come and have a chat with us at the Natspec Conference about a free online trial, webinar or visit.
Business Type: Software Provider
Welcome to Derwen, an Ofsted Outstanding College where we educate, inspire and empower young adults to lead the lives they choose – we are transforming lives. Our vision is for a world without barriers for people with SEND. We are delivering work-ready and independence skills across our large, rural campus and at our satellite centres. Students access exceptional work experience opportunities through our extensive commercial, award-winning outlets and business partnerships. Come and find out more at our stand at Natspec's National Conference.
Business Type: National Specialist College
We have been developing Quality Improvement solutions for 15 years including: Teaching & Learning Observation and Appraisal Management; Surveys & Stakeholder Feedback; Performance Dashboard and Management Reporting Tool and Learner Tracking and Monitoring. Curriculum Observer is an on-line solution for managing your teaching and learning observations, learning walks, peer observations and audits. Supports Ofsted “Deep Dive” presenting information about your learners, tutors, organisation. We also develop custom dashboards giving you the ability to analyse and deep dive through to any level.
Business Type: Software Provider
We are the government-backed, sector-owned workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector. Our professional membership body is the Society for Education and Training.
Business Type: Training Provider
With a broad depth of knowledge and a wide range of services, we have been managing specialist education colleges and specialist training providers for over 20 years. The Hettle Andrews ONE product is an integrated approach to insurance and risk management, all in ONE product, enabling you to have one point of contact for all your insurance and risk management needs; saving time and importantly the cost of risk.
Business Type: Insurance Brokers
IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent legally based information, advice and support to parents and carers to help get the right education for children and young people in England with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities. IPSEA also provides legal training for parents, school staff, parent carer forums, support groups and other organisations in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of the SEND legal framework.
Business Type: SEND Charity
MIRA Rehab is a digital health company developing gamification solutions to increase physical activity and wellbeing for patients or children who are in need of support from a therapeutic or educational point of view. Our core product, MIRA, uses motion-tracking cameras and sensors in order to gamify physical and cognitive exercises and to make them more enjoyable and engaging. It also acts as a virtual therapy assistant, greatly improving a therapist's or a caretaker's workflow.
Business Type: Digital Health Company
The Moor House Research and Training Institute is at the forefront of global research and training in the field of speech and language disorders, taking the benefits of our work at Moor House School & College out more widely through training courses, published research and resources for professionals. The WHEEL OF INDEPENDENCE™ framework, developed at Moor House, is an online tool used to track progress and measure outcomes for independence and functional life skills.
Business Type: SEN research and training
NAPPI uk Ltd. work in partnership with education and care providers across the UK, ensuring improved outcomes for individuals who may present with behaviours of concern. Services include direct PBS training, trainer development and providing systems for behaviour and restraint-reduction monitoring. We also offer support with regulatory requirements and our particular interest is within the new ‘behaviour and attitudes’ key judgement area within the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework. We look forward to sharing our approach.
Business Type: Training Provider
Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. At conference our stand will be staffed by members of the Natspec Board and Natspec staff to answer any questions you might have.
Business Type: Membership Organisation
Solihull Protect are the traded services of the Audit Services Division at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. We provide our experience and expertise to other public sector and educational organisations either on a contract or ad hoc basis. Our clients include academies, colleges, local authorities and parish councils. Our expertise includes: Internal Audit Services; Investigation Services; Health and Safety Consultancy, Support and Training; Counter Fraud Services; Risk Management Advice & Support; Whistleblowing Services; Training.
Business Type: Professional Services
The Careers & Enterprise Company was established by government in 2015 to help link schools and colleges to employers, in order to increase employer engagement for young people. Our role is to link schools and colleges to employers and to help deliver world class careers support for all young people by building networks, supporting Careers Leaders and backing the Gatsby Benchmarks
Business Type: Careers Education

Awards Sponsors

Natspec is grateful to the following sponsors for sponsoring the Natspec Awards, which will be awarded on Tuesday 19 May at the Conference.

Natspec Award Sponsor

Eversheds Sutherland is recognised as a leading legal advisor to the education sector being ranked in Band 1 in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Legal Directories. We have a dedicated team of lawyers with a thorough understanding of the issues and needs faced by further education colleges and we can support you with pragmatic advice in all areas including employment, real estate, student issues, litigation, commercial matters, charity law and constitutional/regulatory considerations.
Sponsoring: Effective wellbeing support or mental health initiative

Natspec Award Sponsor

Our FE and learning support specialists recruit into all categories of colleges, training providers and offender learning institutes across the UK. We can provide temporary or permanent SEND practitioners and support workers across all disciplines and work with organisations across the UK to provide bespoke and specialist support services. We have a reputation for providing in-demand candidates ranging from lecturers, assessors, verifiers and support workers through to specialist senior education managers.
Sponsoring: Creating successful pathways into employment

Conference Sponsors