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SEND for Governors (Governors)

Event/course Code EDU 19/511
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction Governors and Senior leaders in all schools and academies will be aware that the areas of special educational needs and disability (SEND) are areas where legislation is particularly complex and demanding. There should be a member of the governing body or a sub-committee with specific oversight of the school’s arrangements for SEN and disability.
The Department for Education (DfE) clearly state that ‘all children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) should be able to reach their full potential in school. They should also be supported to make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training’ (DfE, 2013).

This briefing will ensure that governors will understand their legal responsibilities regarding SEN and disability issues in admissions, exclusions, reasonable adjustments and school procedures and policies. Issues relating to School improvement, Ofsted, Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and SEND tribunals will also be addressed.

Please note: This course is fully funded for any schools that subscribe to premium SPARK package or stand-alone governor support service level agreement.
Event Content The SEND code of practice (2014) introduced procedures and duties that brought together issues of SEN and disability. Schools and academies are required to make their ‘best endeavours’ to meet the needs of their pupils with SEN and make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to meet the needs of current pupils with disabilities and plan for future pupils joining their schools with disabilities. Within this context which demands ‘co-production’, working effectively with parents and carers and children and young people is essential.

The Equalities Act (2010) places specific responsibilities upon schools and academies regarding the needs of pupils with disabilities. The briefing will explain how disability is defined and what the law expects regarding reasonable adjustments for these pupils, including positive discrimination. Some examples of effective reasonable adjustments will be given.

Being a special educational needs (SEND) governor is about best endeavours to make sure pupils with SEND access the curriculum, participate fully in the life of the school and make good progress. As a SEND governor, you are the link between the governing body and the school in relation to pupils with SEND and have specific responsibilities. It is the SEN governors role to help raise awareness of SEND issues at governing board meetings and give up-to-date information on SEND provision within the school. They also, working closely with senior leaders and the SENCO, help review the school's policy and practice for pupils with SEND and ensure that parents have confidence in this provision.

During the sessions there will be the opportunity to explore
the following:
• Relevant Special Educational Needs and disability legislation and non-statutory guidance including the Special Educational Needs code of practice (2014)
• The Achieving for Children Local Offer
• SEN funding
• School and local area Ofsted Inspections

This session will be delivered by Sarah Herbert who is the Lead Education Advisor (SEND) for Achieving for Children.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the session all delegates will be able to;

• Explain what SEND is
• Describe the legal framework around SEN and understand how this impacts upon the work of their school
• Explain how the disability duties impact upon the work of their school
• Demonstrate their understanding of the impact of SEND legislation upon their admissions and exclusions policies and procedures.
• Perform their responsibilities outlined in published policies and regulations relating to SEND
• Work more effectively as a critical friend to the school
Trainers Sarah Herbert
Expiry Date Monday 10 October 2022
Course categories Governor Support
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 10 October 201919:00 - 21:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
Session 2Thursday 17 October 201919:00 - 21:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL