Become a Member

Benefits of Membership

There are several vital reasons for independent schools, non-maintained special schools, free schools and special academies to join NASS in the present exacting, unsettled times:

  • NASS News – a fortnightly e-newsletter that keeps you in touch with key policy changes and issues affecting the sector.  These are regular bulletins on the challenges that you are facing – SEN Reforms, funding changes and the reform of the National Curriculum
  • Access to tailored support, advice and information from NASS staff via telephone, email and face-to-face meetings
  • High quality, low cost courses and free special interest groups
  • Representation of your views – we inform, advise and lobby government in order to get our members’ needs addressed.
  • Discounts on CASPA – a tool to help evidence the excellent progress of your pupils. We provide and support CASPA, and can offer a significant discount on licence prices.
  • Member school details are published on our website and appear on our searchable map. This resource is widely used by parents and Local Authorities.
  • Free access to all NASS publications, including our recent survey on the impact of procurement on special schools “Death by Paperwork”
  • Help with feelings of isolation and vulnerability – speak to us, meet your peers and gain a sense of belonging.


How to Join

Full Membership

Full membership of NASS is open to all fully registered Non-Maintained Special Schools, Independent Special Schools catering for children with SEN, Converter Special Academies and Special Free Schools.

Full membership receives the highest discount on NASS events, gives full access to the NASS website members’ zone and has eligibility to vote at the NASS Annual General Meeting.

Full membership rates are calculated on the basis of School Group Size as per Section 2 – School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document September 2016

How to calculate group sizes in a special school September 2017

If you require help with calculating your school group size please contact us

The NASS membership year runs from 1st April – 31st March. Follow this link to download the NASS Full School Membership Application 2017-18. Subscription fees for Full membership for 2017/18 are as follows:

Group size


VAT at 5.00%


1 & 2




3 & 4




5, 6 & 7




We offer a discounted group membership scheme to organisations with two or more schools.  To qualify for this scheme all of the organisation’s schools must become members. Contact us for more details.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is open to:

Schools, Free Schools and Special Academies Independent schools, including Special Free Schools* and Special Academies* catering for children with SEN and disabilities who are registered with the DfE but have not yet received their first full Ofsted Inspection.  (*with the exception of those settings listed in the full membership criteria above).  Associate school members are expected to move to Full Membership status within one year of their first full Ofsted Inspection.
For Individuals working in the fields of special education, residential care and disability outside of independent and non-maintained special schools.
Organisations For Organisations working in the field of special education, residential care and disability outside of independent and non-maintained special schools.  Applicants must be able to show a clear connection to children with Special Educational Needs and Disability or demonstrate provision of services to special schools.  Membership fees are determined by annual turnover.

Associate members receive access to NASS events at a discounted rate.

The membership subscription fee for Associate Individual Members in 2017/18 will be £199.50 plus VAT at 5.00%, total £209.48. The application form is available to download here

Those Schools and Organisations who are eligible for Associate membership and require further information or an application form please contact us