The National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained work with special schools in the UK and is proud of its role of improving opportunities and standards for special schools outside of Local Authority control.

NASS is the voice of the non-maintained special school sector. We aim to put special schools at the heart of the school policy and practice, enabling them to be centres of excellent and innovative practice for children and young people with SEND.


NASS represents its members to central and local government and key external stakeholders such as Ofsted. We have been represented on key working groups such as Special Academies and Children’s Homes Quality Standards. We are members of the Special Educational Consortium and the National SEND Forum.


NASS offers high quality advice, information and events to our members. We run free special interest groups each term for finance, human resources and care staff and free briefing events e.g. on the Local offer.

Our Principal Mr Anderson is on the board of trustees for NASS and works both regionally and nationally promoting the main aim of NASS to improve opportunities and raise standards for other special schools.

Link to NASS

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