About NASS

Our Mission

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.


What we do

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 has commissioned ground-breaking work from Baker Tilly to compare the costs of SEN provision in different types of school and the Social Return On Investment achieved when children’s send needs are met.

We offer 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.


Who we are

NASS is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, governed by a Trustee board (Known as ‘NASS Council’) of 12 elected and 3 co-opted Trustees and employing 3 full-time and 1 part-time members of staff.

NASS Staff – Details of NASS’s paid staff

Claire Dorer is the Chief Executive of NASS. She has been in post since 2005.

Karen Rippon is NASS’s Executive Officer. She has been in post since 2007.

Jenny Hayward is Administrative Officer for NASS.  She joined NASS in 2015.

Mari Davis is NASS Policy and Membership Services Officer.  She joined NASS in 2020.


NASS Trustees – details of members of NASS Council


NASS is a company limited by guarantee, number 3774801 and a registered charity, number 1083632