Presentation on theme: "The Role of the SEND Governor"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Role of the SEND Governor WELCOMEThe Role of the SEND GovernorHouse KeepingIntroduce my-self and my roleAsk who is a new governors (split tables)Ask who has been to meetingGo through Induction Pack
2 Agenda What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities? Recent changes to SEND – Children and Families Bill 2014Child at the centreRole of the SENCoGoverning Body responsibilitiesSEND Governor roleWhat Questions should you be asking?How the governing body can support the SEND GovernorReports to Governors from schoolReports to Parents / Carers from GovernorsWord of warning
3 A learning difficulty or disability is defined as the child: The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) states:-A child or young person has SEN;if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.A learning difficulty or disability is defined as the child:has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, orhas a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schoolsChildren with SEN may also have a disability under the Equality Act 2010:-a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activitiesWhat are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?Further definition of Disability from Equality Act 2010This definition provides a relatively low threshold and includes more children than many realise: ‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’. This definition includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Where a disabled child or young person requires special educational provision they will also be covered by the SEN definition.SEN links into access plans, disability discrimination, medical conditions policy etc
4 Recent changes to SEND – Children and families Bill 2014 Pupils and families at the centrePlanning and assessment more accessibleAt 16 years old, young peoples views take precedence over parentsEducation, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) replace statements and LDAFrom sept 2014Transition from existing statements and LDA’s to EHCP’s will take place over 3 years, usually at point of KS transitionThe Local OfferLA has to publish information about all available provision and how to access itNew single-category SEN supportSchool action and school action plus replaced by“SEN support”Schools using a graduated approach and followinga 4 stage cycle.Schools using provision maps and “waves”4 stage cycle of plan assess, plan, do, evaluateSee handout.
6 Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) Role of the SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)The SEND code of practice 2014 states:-Governing bodies must ensure that there is a qualified teacher designated as SENCO for the school.The SENCO has an important role to play with the headteacher and governing body, in determining the strategic development of SEN policy and provision in the school.The SENCO, headteacher and governing body should establish a clear picture of the resources that are available to the school. They should consider their strategic approach to meeting SEND in the context of the total resources available, including any resources targeted at particular groups, such as the pupil premium.The SENCO should work with the headteacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements .See page 108 of CoP for full details of SENCO role.
7 Responsibilities of the Governing Body Taken from the Dfe Gov handbook Jan 2015In summary, schools have the following legal duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 and the governing body has a responsibility to ensure this is happening.To establish a SEND policy which is publicly available and can be easily understood by parents.take account of the ‘SEND Code of Practice’ when carrying out their duties towards all pupils with SEN;to ensure that the necessary special education provision is made for any pupil who has SEN;ensure that parents or young person are notified when special educational provision is being made for their child,that the teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying pupils who have SEN and of providing appropriate teaching;ensure that there is a qualified teacher designated as special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) for the school and that they have the necessary SEN qualification.where a local authority or names a maintained school as the school the child will attend on an SEN statement or Education and Health Care Plan, the governing body must admit the child to the school. Before naming a maintained school on a statement the local authority must consult the governing body of the schoolTo cooperate with the local authority in developing the local offer;ensure the school produce and publish online its School SEN Information Reportensure the school has arrangements in place to support children with medical conditionsA newly appointed SENCO must be a qualified teacher and, where they have not previously been the SENCO at that or any other relevant school for a total period of more than twelve months, they must achieve a National Award in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within threeyears of appointment;
8 The SEND Governor RoleThe majority of governing bodies have delegated some of theseresponsibilities to a named SEND Governor who reports back tothe governing body on a regular basisTable Discussion: What should the SEND Governor do and report?
9 The SEND Governor What should the SEND governor do? Raise awareness of SEN and disability issues at GB meetingsEnsure that the governing body is well informed about SEN and inclusion issuesGive up to date information to the GB on quality and effectiveness of SEND provision in the schoolMonitor any parts of School Development Plan relating to SENDEnsure any budget for pupils with SEN is appropriately allocatedHelp review SEND policyEnsure school has regard to SEND code of practiceVisit the school to talk to SENCo and others about provisionEnsure school publishes “local offer”H
10 What Questions does SEND Governor need to ask? The sort of issues you might discuss or ask with the SENCo and other school staff will include:current numbers on the SEND list at the different stages (but not their names);identification procedures for pupils with SEND;staffing arrangements for pupils with SEND;staff training and the impact;use of resources and the impact;how pupils with SEND are included in curriculum planning to ensure equality of access to the curriculum and equality of learning opportunities at an age and ability appropriate level;How confident are you that money for pupils with EHCP (or statement) is being used efficiently and effectively – How do you monitor this?Handout with more detail
11 What skills will you need? an interest in special educational needs;good communication skills, with a willingness to report back verbally at meetings or to provide a brief written report;time and availability – in particular to meet regularly with the SENCO, to visit the school and to take advantage of relevant briefing and training opportunities;a willingness to participate in the development and review of the school’s SEND policy and reporting.
12 How do you start?It is important that you develop a working relationship with the SENCo.You are encouraged (under the SEND Code of Practice) to visit at least once a term; and in order to make the best use of these visits - plan the focus in advance.Ask for information to be sent to you a week in advance – then you can be prepared for the conversation.Keep notes of the meeting – these will form your report to the governing body; always agree your report with the Head and SENCo before it goes to the full governing body.Be informed about links with other schools and agencies.Consider how the school can best communicate with parents.
13 take an informed interest in special educational needs issues; How can the Governing Body support the SEND Governor?The governing body will need to establish the responsibilities the SEND Governor should undertake and provide support for the roletake an informed interest in special educational needs issues;monitor, evaluate and review the Special Educational Needs policy on a regular basis;ensure that all the other school policies fully support the principle of inclusion for all pupils including disability discriminationprovide an opportunity for any outgoing SEND Governor to pass on information and relevant paperwork;ensure appropriate time is on the governing body meeting agenda.
14 Reports to Governors from School What information about SEND should governors expect to receive?An update on the schools move to new SEND system (EHCP)How the school identifies pupils with SENDPupil progress against outcomes agreed on EHCP or IEP (objectives on a SEN statement)Academic attainment and progress of SEND pupils as a group and where appropriate individually.SEND fundingStaff developmentWork with external agencies and internal staff (Impact)How many pupils with SEND have been excluded?Does the discipline committee take account of SEND when considering an exclusion?Has the school policy changed as a result of such reviews?
15 Reports to parents / carers from governors The SEND code of practice says governing bodies must publish information on their provisions for pupils with SEND which should be easily accessible by parents.This should include:-Information on identifying and assessing SENDTeaching and Learning in relation to SENHealth, Emotional and social development of SEND pupilsHow to raise concerns and make complaintsArrangements for supporting looked after pupils with SENDInformation on where the Local Offer is publishedThe CoP says this information should be reviewed annually and any changes to the information should not wait for the review, but be updated as soon as possible.Handout with more detail
16 Words of warningKeep a strategic overview and do not be drawn into issues relating to any individual childWhilst you are not responsible for the day to day management of special needs provision in the school, you may on occasion have access to sensitive information about the circumstances of individual children, particularly in smaller schools. It is essential that the SEND Governor respects the confidentiality of such information.