Residential special schools: national minimum standards

Guidance for special schools providing residential accommodation for any child.

Applies to England



Guidance for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff

It applies to:

  • state-funded special schools
  • independent residential special schools

It contains a statement of national minimum standards.

Special schools support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

‘National minimum standards for residential special schools: in force from 5 September 2022’ is included for reference only.

Schools should continue to follow ‘Residential special schools - national minimum standards: in force until 5 September 2022’.

The ‘Boarding schools: national minimum standards’ apply to all other schools that provide accommodation for children.

Published 1 November 2012
Last updated 20 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added 'National Minimum Standards for residential special schools: in force from 5 September 2022'.

  2. Updated document as a result of Ofsted inspections against the standards, and revisions to the independent school standards.

  3. First published.