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SEND governance: monitoring and evaluation

Build your understanding of SEND provision, your legal duties, and what makes for effective monitoring and oversight.

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SEND (special educational needs and disability) relates to pupils that have a learning difficulty or disability that calls for special educational provision to be made. This could relate to speech, language and communication, social emotional and mental health, learning difficulties or sensory or physical needs.

Our SEND monitoring and evaluation tool provides a structure to help governing boards ensure that:

  • the governing board has sufficient knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision
  • legal responsibilities are being met
  • strategic goals linked to SEND (such as building staff capacity) are being met
  • resources (including the notional SEND budget) are being deployed effectively
  • pupils with SEND achieve the best possible outcomes

The tool covers:

  1. Building governing board knowledge
  2. The SEND link governor/trustee role
  3. Working with the SENCO
  4. Staff training and capacity
  5. The SEND policy and information report
  6. Engagement with pupils and families
  7. Improving outcomes

Download a version of the tool that is most appropriate for your setting:

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