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The iEOA is working in partnership with Natspec to help support the exams office community on information, training and materials that will assist them in dealing with issues related to special needs requirements for students taking exams in schools and colleges across the UK. 


'Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Our vision is that all young people with learning difficulties or disabilities can access high quality education and training, which meets their individual needs and supports their aspirations for skills, work and life. Natspec promotes specialism and personalisation within a diverse range of further education and training provision for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities that broadens their choice, supports their aspirations, represents their best interests and provides a social return on investment'.


Natspec members believe that young people with learning difficulties or disabilities should be encouraged to have high aspirations for the future, and should be able to choose the college that will best enable them to achieve their goals.


As part of the relationship the iEOA will:

  • Promote the Natspec on its website, e-newsletter, publications & events
  • Promote Natspec to all Network groups through its online Network Tool
  • Promote Natspec through the iEOA Exam SEND Service & CPD programmes

In return Natspec will:

  • Provide help, support, information & guidance that facilitates greater access to exams for SEND students
  • Promote the iEOA on its website, in publications and events where appropriate
  • Share and exchange information appropriate to serving this area through its Exam SEND Service

In this partnership agreement the shared objective is to provide additional support and help to members in this very complex area. The iEOA seeks to provide the opportunity to members to explore and develop products and services that might not have become available through other avenues. The services provided by Natspec to the exam community are invaluable in helping to support our members and we welcome this closer association.