Non-Maintained Special Schools Regulations 2015

Guidance to help schools meet their obligations under the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015.


Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015


This applies to non-maintained special schools (NMSS) and is for:

  • proprietors
  • governing bodies
  • trustees or boards of directors
  • senior leaders
  • staff

NMSS are schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996. They:

  • teach students with special educational needs
  • are independent of local authority control
  • operate on a not-for-profit basis

The guidance explains important points to note in the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015.

Read also guidance on when the Department for Education will intervene in a failing or underperforming NMSS.

Published 21 August 2015