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The National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS)
The NASS was formed in 1997 to represent non-maintained and independent special schools which are run by charities, a small but significant part of the education provision in this country catering for some 6,000 of the UK's most vulnerable children, all of whom are placed in our schools by local authorities. In 2000, private independent special schools were able to join as associate members and in 2007 they were given access to full membership. The NASS is the only national organisation representing special schools in the voluntary and private sectors. Voluntary and private special schools represent about one eighth of the total number of special schools in England. The NASS works in partnership with key national and regional organisations and acts as a voice for special schools, raising concerns on issues affecting young people with special educational needs and their families. The NASS takes a lead role in lobbying to influence government policy and bring about lasting change. It initiates and develops guidelines and procedures to further promote the standards of service, administration and management within its member schools and organisations.
The partnership work between Axcis and the NASS continues to grow and develop. Claire Dorer, Chief Executive of the NASS, recently spoke at our Axcis Company Day in London and gave a thought provoking session on making sense of mental health and the implications of emotional wellbeing of children and young people with complex needs. We are working closely with the NASS on developing new training specifically geared to children with mental health issues, equipping professionals with the tools and strategies to support children effectively. In October we are exhibiting in York at the NASS national conference, confirming our commitment to partnership working and the outcomes for young people.