Governors and Trustees are responsible for overseeing a school or group of schools’ SEND provision by outlining and progressing a strategic direction for SEND learners. They set out the school’s vision for SEND learners and the ethos of the school towards ensuring high levels of progress and attainment.
SEND governance involves holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of SEND pupils, as well as making sure that finances for SEND are correctly proportioned. This will include the SEND notional budget or the Pupil Premium grant funding, so that resources are being allocated in the best way to achieve a good level of progress and attainment.
The SEND Code of Practice (2015) requires that governors work with the headteacher and the school SENCo to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Children and Families Act (2014), the Equality Act (2010) and other relevant legislation with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.
Recent changes to educational policy and subsequent government announcements mean that: