The Governance Handbook for SEND and Inclusion supports governors and trustees in developing effective strategic practice to ensure an inclusive culture in their schools. Building on the six principles of effective governance, it provides useful tips on achieving the right balance of support and challenge so that schools are enabled to meet the needs of learners with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities).

Relevant for all governors and trustees across primary and secondary schools, multi-academy trusts and specialist settings, the book focuses on the role and expectations of governance in relation to SEND and inclusion. It includes:

  • An introduction to SEND, inclusion and the six key features of effective governance
  • Practical advice and guidance for SEND Governors and trustees on how to strategically monitor and review SEND provision
  • A discussion of how the relationship between SENCOs, SEND Governors and Headteachers works in practice
  • Advice on developing an inclusive culture in your school
  • Sources of ongoing support and resources from professional organisations and websites.

This book will be beneficial to all education professionals working at a strategic level, including governors and trustees, school leaders and SENCOs. It recognises the central role that governors and trustees play in setting the inclusive ethos of a school and suggests ways to ensure that strategic practice is as effective as possible.

1. An Introduction to SEND and Inclusion 2. Effective SEND Governance 3. Reviewing SEND Governance and SEND Provision 4. The SENCO, the Headteacher and the SEND Governor 5. Using data strategically to develop SEND provision and evaluate effectiveness Appendix 1: Practical resources and useful organisations. Appendix 2: Summary of the 50 key messages. Appendix 3: Glossary of acronyms