Benefits of Full Membership

Being part of the voice of special schools

  • NASS responds to all key Government consultations, ensuring your views are raised – and heard
  • NASS is recognised by DfE and Ofsted as the key sector body for the non-maintained and independent sectors – we are represented on all key working groups and forums
  • NASS works extensively on your behalf to develop and improve relationships with Local Authorities through meeting, events and challenges to policies and practices
  • NASS provides a wide range of opportunities for you to meet and network with your colleagues, such as our free termly special interest groups for teaching, care, finance and HR staff

Accessing high quality advice, guidance and training

  • NASS staff have collectively over 25 years of experience of working with the sector – we pride ourselves on being able to answer your questions quickly and effectively
  • NASS training events are tailored to meet your needs – we run a programme of courses, including our highly regarded safeguarding training, that is excellent value for money and offered to full members at a much lower cost than competitors
  • NASS will keep you in touch with big issues in our sector – through our fortnightly newsletter, briefings and our Twitter feed @NASSCHOOLS
  • NASS annual conference provides a great opportunity to meet colleagues, hear the latest news and plan for the year ahead. Full members receive a higher discount on conference rates.
  • NASS free termly special interest groups provide the latest role-specific information to keep your staff at the cutting edge of special education provision

NASS partnerships and projects

  • NASS leads on highly regarded campaigns and research projects. This year we are campaigning against local authority late payments to schools. Our previous work on cost comparison and social return on investment has been widely used.
  • NASS produces an annual ‘State of the Sector’ report, tracking placement and operational trends across the sector and providing a valuable planning resource for members
  • NASS increases its reach and representation for schools through its active membership of the Special Educational Consortium, the National SEND Forum, the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Disabled Children’s Partnership, Council for Disabled Children, Special Schools Voice, ACEVO and NCVO

Promotion of your school

  • Inclusion of your school details on the NASS website searchable map. This is widely used by parents and local authorities seeking potential placements and now features on some Local Offers
  • NASS advertises schools’ job vacancies on its website and via its newsletter at no charge, reaching potential candidates and saving you money
  • NASS actively promotes its members on social media via re-Tweets, ‘likes’ and mentions

Coming in 2019-20

  • NASS digest – a termly newsletter where we will promote the work of the sector to key stakeholders
  • NASS consultancy – a resource to help you find member-recommended consultants to support school and care improvement and organisational development
  • New training courses based on feedback from members
  • A ‘welcome’ visit from NASS staff to new Heads/Principals/CEOs to help their induction into this sector

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