The guide was commissioned by Whole School SEND and co-funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Driver Youth Trust in partnership with governance leaders.
The guide focuses on how the governing board can secure high quality outcomes for learners with SEND.
Speaking at the launch, Gillian Allcroft, National Governance Assocation’s deputy chief executive said: “A school in which the governing board has values that are inclusive and welcoming of all children is a huge step in the right direction. It drives a culture in which the provision for children with SEND is a key priority and not an afterthought. Though one governor may have specific SEND responsibilities, all the governing board should know what the provision is and whether it is achieving desired outcomes. A diverse board will make better decisions and a diverse, inclusive school will help make our children and young people more rounded individuals. The SEND Governance Review Guide can help boards to set the right direction.”
Chris Rossiter, chief executive of Driver Youth Trust and lead author of the SEND Governance Review Guide, said: “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.”
You can also read a blog from one of the parent governors who sat on the review and also spoke at the launch.
The SEND Governance Review Guide can be downloaded for free here.