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role of SEN governor

Discussion in 'Governors' started by senlady, May 5, 2016.

  1. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I am a new governor and have been asked to take the role of SEN governor (I am assuming as I am an experienced SEN practitioner). I have been asked to meet with the SENCo next week, she was new to role in January. I have no idea what my 'role' should really entail or what I should be asking at this meeting.

  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    The real answer is you should ask the governing body - they have delegated it to you so they should tell you what they want you to do! In my experience though a lot of GBs decide they want a SEN Governor (although it's not actually a statutory requirement) and are just relieved someone agrees to do it, and the governor is left to get on with it as best they can.

    Being an experienced practitioner has pro's and con's for you. On the plus side you will be familiar with the SEND CoP, which has the responsibilities of GBs in it. You'll also be skilled at understanding the data for the outcomes of SEN children, comparing with non-SEN etc, which will help you ask the right questions. How the school is 'closing the gap' between SEN and non-SEN children is a key question for governors, and one Ofsted will likely ask goverors about when they come. On the other hand there may be a temptation to see yourself there as an SEN professional, even as mentoring or advising the SENCo, but you must avoid that. You are there to carry out a governor's strategic role.

    If your GB has no Terms of Reference for a SEN Governor ask your LA if they have a model one. If not (or in addition) search "sen governor terms of reference local authority" and dozens will come up, together with various LA handbooks and guidance documents for SEN governors.

    Your GB ought to have formal terms of reference for the SEN Governor (same as it does for Committees) so if it doesn't draft one (or shamelessly steal someone else's that you like online!) and get it approved by full GB.
  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I think your role is also about incorporating a level of challenge. I can see that the new SENCO may feel intimidated by your level of expertise but I think you can use your knowledge and experience to good effect.It is rare to have a SEND governor with this as a ' specialism ' - often this was incorporated into a Pastoral role and not helpful. You must have some take on where the school and where it should / wants to be so this may provide you with your stater for 10.

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