Local authorities

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At National Star we work in partnership with many local authorities and their regional groups. This allows us to deliver a range of high quality programmes that enable people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and increase their independence – in turn reducing long-term support costs. Our services are all graded and compliant with Care Quality Commission (CQC), and we are rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Learning programmes

Our tutors, coordinators, facilitators and therapy staff work with learners to build learning programmes that are personalised to their interests, aspirations and needs. Click here to find out more.

Therapy and health

From Aquatic Therapy to Physiotherapy, we offer a range of specialist programmes designed to enable learners to have ownership of their own wellbeing. Click here to find out more.

Residential services

When young people with disabilities decide to join National Star College as a residential learner, they will be living in an environment that enables them to develop life skills, make new friends and, with the support of our experienced staff, take more control over their own care. Click here to find out more.

Developing local work or learning based provision

We partner with a number of specialist schools and colleges in order to provide young people with disabilities with the support, tools and knowledge they need to live their lives independently and to the full. We offer the following:


Nationally, our award-winning LiftTraining programme works with local schools and colleges to provide independent travel training to young people with disabilities who would like to use public transport. This provides the skills and confidence they need to access school, college, the workplace or social locations. Click here to find out more or call 01242 527631.

Trialing enabling and assistive technologies

We strive to meet the increasingly complex nature of physical and learning disabilities by researching and developing enabling and assistive technologies. To do this, our team of technologists work with a number of specialist colleges to test, trial and develop a variety of equipment. Over the years this has enabled us to create products that include: a switch-adapted digital SLR camera, a bespoke interface that enables users to operate all of their environmental controls from one device and alternative communication systems enabled through Apple and Android technology. Click here to find out more or call 01242 527631 ext. 5320.

Mainstream school partnerships

Locally, National Star and GlosCol run mutually beneficial link programmes. In addition, National Star College learners have access to many primary and secondary schools as part of their courses. This may see them providing coaching for sports such as boccia, or taking one of our theatre productions ‘on the road.’ For more information please call 01242 527631 ext. 2313.

Supported internships

Nationally, Barking and Dagenham College in London and Burton and South Derbyshire College are two partners who enable us to deliver our Supported Internship programme. For more information please call 01242 527631 ext. 2352.


Our successful educational and social outcomes demonstrate our ongoing commitment to person-centred planning and high quality provision. We can demonstrate excellent outcomes, including these from 2014-15:

  • 90% of learners achieved their primary learning goals
  • 97% of learners gained their qualifications
  • 75% of learners on work skills courses gained employment after college

We have also developed a comprehensive progress outcomes tool (recognised by Ofsted) which is measured against:

  • Self care and support
  • Choice and decision making
  • Active citizenship

In addition, we monitor progress against:

  • Destinations
  • Skills
  • Qualifications

Find out more

For more information about National Star’s range of learning and work-based provision, please contact us using the details below.

  1. For the referral of a young person aged between 16 and 25 with complex disabilities, please contact our Learner Recruitment and Contracts Manager on 01242 534928
  2. For the development of a new service or invest to save programme in your county, please contact our Head of Business Development on 01242 527631 ext. 2366
  3. For professional development, consultancy or capacity building programmes, please contact our Head of CPD and Audit on 01242 527631 ext. 7321
  4. For integrated programmes with other providers or agencies, please contact our Learner Recruitment and Contracts Manager on 01242 534928
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