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SEND responsibilities checklist

Learn about governing board responsibilities relating to pupils with SEND and ensure compliance.

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The legal responsibilities of governing boards in relation to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are set out in legislation and the statutory guidance, the SEND code of practice.

SEND is a whole-board responsibility, so every governor/trustee should know what their legal duties are and understand SEND and inclusion (ensuring that no child is excluded because of their SEND) in the context of their school.

Our SEND responsibilities checklist is designed to help boards understand what they are responsible for and evaluate the effectiveness of their monitoring arrangements.

The checklist covers:

  • the board’s legal duties
  • duties under the Equality Act 2010
  • duties under the Admissions Code
  • the role of the SENCO
  • publication requirements for different types of schools

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