SENCO and governor relationship toolkit

A strong working relationship between SENCOs and SEN governors is paramount to effective provision for SEND pupils. Anita Devi has created this toolkit, providing you with talking points and tools to help you secure better outcomes

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Anita Devi is a special educational needs consultant, policy developer, strategist and trainer with experience from early years to postgraduate provision in the UK and overseas. 

Having been involved in SEND for quite a few years and throughout the SEND Reforms, I’m often asked by SENCOs if I could summarise the SEND Reforms in a single word.  

My response: relationships.

At the heart of the SEND Reforms is the way we interact with each other. The three core principles for implementation of the SEND code of practice echo a similar message, emphasising:

  • involvement of all partners
  • informed decision making
  • and a longer-term vision.

The SENCO is uniquely positioned in early years and school-aged learning environments to facilitate healthy dialogues around these principles. This toolkit focuses on one key relationship dynamic – that between the SENCO and the SEN governor.

The toolkit is divided into four parts:

  1. Working in collaboration
  2. How to make the most of meetings
  3. Termly reporting
  4. Formal compliance

The parts could be read sequentially or individually. Each part has an accompanying action-based resource that could be adapted to different settings.


Last Updated: 
02 Nov 2017