The SEND Governance Review Guide is now available to download from sendgov.co.uk.
Commissioned by Whole School SEND and co-funded by the Department for Education and Driver Youth Trust in partnership with leading governors and trustees, this guide aims to ensure that all boards have a positive impact for young people with SEND in their setting.
Every board is responsible for holding leaders to account for the education of learners with SEND. This guide has been developed to ensure that boards effectively deliver on this responsibility within, across and between settings – mainstream and special schools, post-16 provision, or Alternative Provision. Rather than being a simplistic box-ticking exercise, this guide will help support and promote discussion and reflection with regards to how learners with SEND access high-quality provision. It is based on the SEND Review Guide framework, which has now been downloaded over 3,000 times and adopted by schools, clusters and Local Authorities nationwide.
While created as part of the SEND Review Programme, run by Whole School SEND, it is important to note that this guide – like others – has a value beyond SEND learners. It builds on previous work to support strategic governance by the DfE and NCTL, such as the governance handbook. Understanding how the board evaluates itself and develops its professional attitudes and practices can lead to much broader improvements in performance.
The guide can be adapted to a local context, and a free white label version is available for those wishing to adjust it for specific settings.
We are very grateful to the parents and carers, governors, trustees, and sector bodies who contributed to this guide. We hope that it will help to embed a culture of inclusion, collaboration and support within education.
Chris Rossiter, Chief Executive of Driver Youth Trust and lead author of the SEND Governance Review Guide, said:
“Effective governance for young people with SEND is a complex area and one in which governors are all too often left to work it out for themselves. I know this from my own experience. Training and guidance abound and yet there is little practical support on how to challenge and support the leaders of schools and other settings to ensure the best possible outcomes for these young people. This guide provides a blueprint from which governors and academy trustees can acquire and reflect upon their strategic view of SEND for the benefit of these young people, who rightly should be central to our decision-making.”
Read Chris’ blog on why the SEND Governance Review guide is so important: Governing for young people with SEND.
Contributors to the SEND Governance Review Guide:
An essential step to completing this work was working in collaboration with school governors, academy trustees, national leaders of governance and sector bodies, which provided representation from across many different educational settings. We would like to take this opportunity to specifically thank the following individuals:
Bob Arnold, National Leader of Governance
Adam Boddison, National Leader of Governance; Chief Executive, NASEN; Chair, Whole School SEND
Harry James, National Leader of Governance Advocate
Rani Kaur, Senior Advice Officer, National Governance Association (NGA)
Bethlyn Killey, Trustee, Latchmere Academy Trust; Parent of a young person with SEND
Simon Knight, Director, Whole School SEND
Julie Lamb, National Leader of Governance; Parent of a young person with SEND
Rebecca Leek, Primary Advisory and SEND system leader, E-ACT
Charlotte Rains, Director of Operations, Whole School SEND
Christopher Rossiter, Chief Executive, Driver Youth Trust