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The Role of the SEND Governor

Imagine this scenario……… you are in the first governing board (GB) meeting of the year. You feel you are settling into your position as a governor and beginning to understand the roles and responsibilities of your volunteer role. During the meeting the Chair of Governors asks for a volunteer to take on the role of Special Education Needs and Disabilities; you feel this might be something you are interested in and so you put your name forward. The whole GB heaves a sigh of relief. 

What have you let yourself in for? Read on for a summary of the role and how to be as effective as you can in this particularly important position.

The Formal Bits

The ‘SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years’ 2015 states that the governing board must ensure that there is a designated governor identified to maintain oversight of SEND provision and make arrangements for this function to be delegated to an appropriate person or committee.

The governor responsible for SEND provision acts as the link between the governing board, headteacher and SENCO, reporting back to the governing board on monitoring and compliance with the ‘SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years’ including and ‘The Children and Families Act 2014’. Compliance is a legal responsibility.

The governor responsible works with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to report on the steps being taken to ensure compliance. The role also includes ensuring that there is appropriate challenge to leaders so that SEND remains high on the school’s agenda and that the school has high aspirations for SEND pupils.

The Practical and Priority Aspects of SEND Governance

Consider all of the above, and in your role strive to do your best. After all, that’s what we ask of our pupils.

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