Resource: Special Educational Needs Governors Report

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What should be in a SEND report to governors?

School governors are responsible for the direction and ethos of the school, they need to hold the headteacher to account and ensure that the school’s money is well spent.

Key to fulfilling these responsibilities is having a secure understanding of what is happening to support the school’s children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Often this information is usually shared with the governing body in a yearly report created by the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) together with the governor with SEND responsibility.

This resource provides a template for writing a full and useful SEND report.

Why is it useful?

It is always difficult to know what to include in this report. This template gives prompts for the information and data required and provides guidance about how to present it clearly.

Who is it for?

Normally the SEND report is prepared by the SEND governor working with the SENCO. This template will prompt discussions and help them identify what information to include.

How do I use it?

The template has a series of headings with prompts underneath. We would recommend working through these to provide a comprehensive picture of the children with SEND in your school; their needs and the work being done to support them.

If you want national statistics to use as a comparison for numbers on the Code of Practice in your school, including information about the number of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and exclusions of children with SEND, then visit the SEND statistics site. This report is updated annually.

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