Information for families and carers

Speech and Language therapist works with a National Star College student on using their communication device

We know that the move into further education can be a big step for young people and their parents, and that there’s lots to think about when it comes to finding the right specialist college. To help you through this process and what happens afterwards, we have created a collection of resources that will guide and support you. We hope that these will enable you to consider all of your options, make those difficult decisions and be better connected to families across the UK experiencing the same range of emotions as you.

We organise a number of events, activities and workshops throughout the year that we would love you to get involved with. Find out what’s coming up.

Before and during college

Specialist colleges directory

NATSPEC
The Association of National Specialist Colleges.

Education, Health and Care Plans

Contact a Family
A national charity for families with disabled children, providing information, advice and support.

IPSEA
An Independent Parental Special Education Advice service.

Funding

Disability Rights UK
A national organisation working to strengthen the voices of people with a wide range of disabilities or health conditions.

The Government 16-19 Bursary Fund

The Government 16-19 Bursary Fund provides financial help for young people aged 16-19 who face barriers to staying in education. It is available to all 16-19 year olds studying in school/academy sixth forms, colleges and training providers in England. There are two types of bursary available:

  • Bursaries of £1,200 a year for the most vulnerable young people who meet the requirements
  • Discretionary bursaries based on financial hardship and factors limiting access to education such as help with the costs of travel and educational equipment.  Applications are open to learners 16 – 25 and are at the discretion of a Bursary Panel.

National Star administers the Bursary on behalf of the government.

If you require any information you should contact: bursary@nationalstar.org.

Disability grants

Disability Grants
A source of information and guidance around available grants for people with disabilities.

You’re Welcome
Barnwood Trust works to connect people, fund projects and share knowledge in Gloucestershire. They currently offer three grant categories.

Disability rights

Disability Rights UK
A national organisation working to strengthen the voices of people with a wide range of disabilities or health conditions.

SEN and disability law

IPSEA
An Independent Parental Special Education Advice service.

Support for families

NATSPEC
The Association of National Specialist Colleges.

Special Needs Jungle
Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people with SEN, special needs, disability, health conditions and rare diseases.

Contact a Family
A national charity for families with disabled children, providing information, advice and support.

NNPCF
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums is a network of over 150 Parent Carer Forums in England and is funded by central government.

Life after college

Transition planning

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities influences government and local authority policies and services so that they better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

NHS
The National Health Service in England.

Social care and housing

Foundation House
National Star’s long-term residential accommodation for people with physical and learning disabilities. It is based in Gloucester.

Disability Rights UK
A national organisation working to strengthen the voices of people with a wide range of disabilities or health conditions.

NHS
The National Health Service in England.

Employment

Disability Rights UK
A national organisation working to strengthen the voices of people with a wide range of disabilities or health conditions.

Remploy
A website that helps people with disabilities find work and has lots of useful online employment services.

Incluzy
Incluzy is the UK’s leading disability jobs board.

Guidance for employers

Even Break
An online job site that matches employers with disabled job seekers.

Business Disability Forum
A not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people.

Disability rights

Disability Rights UK
A national organisation working to strengthen the voices of people with a wide range of disabilities or health conditions.

SEN and disability law

IPSEA
An Independent Parental Special Education Advice service.

Support for families

NATSPEC
The Association of National Specialist Colleges.

Special Needs Jungle
Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people with SEN, special needs, disability, health conditions and rare diseases.

Contact a Family
A national charity for families with disabled children, providing information, advice and support.

NNPCF
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums is a network of over 150 Parent Carer Forums in England and is funded by central government.

Find out more and apply to National Star

More information about applying to National Star College.

If in in doubt, please don’t hesitate to ring our fantastic Admissions team on 01242 534928 / 527631 or send an email to admissions@nationalstar.org. They will be able to help you, point you in the right direction and share their experiences, enabling you to move forward.

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