Non-maintained special schools: intervention and accountability

When the Department for Education will intervene in a failing or underperforming non-maintained special school (NMSS).



Guidance for non-maintained special schools (NMSS), including children’s homes registered as special schools. It outlines how and why the Department for Education will intervene if a NMSS is underperforming or failing, including:

  • failure to meet national minimum standards
  • inadequate residential provision
  • inadequate financial health

A NMSS is a school for children with special educational needs, approved by the Secretary of State for Education under section 342 of the Education Act 1996.

Read more guidance for NMSS on complying with regulations.

Published 1 February 2016