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  • DBS checks
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    • Equality Act 2010 Schools have specific duties under the Equality Act 2010. Learn about the Act and what's required of you and of your school.
    • Equality Act 2010: admissions and provision of education Understand your role in making sure your school complies with its obligations to pupils and their parents under the Equality Act, and learn what you can do to prevent discrimination.
    • LAC and previously LAC: role of governors Find out what your responsibilities are regarding looked-after children (LAC) and previously LAC. Plus, be clear on the statutory requirements so your school can stay compliant.
    • Supporting pupils who are trans: governors' role Your school has a legal responsibility to support pupils who are trans or gender questioning. Understand how you should monitor compliance with these duties, what you should expect to see in your school's provision, and what you should consider in your own practice.
    • Using pupil questionnaires: guidance and examples Pupil questionnaires can be one way of involving pupils in decision-making as well as measuring how effectively a school is meeting needs. Get some guidance on how to use them effectively and see some examples from other schools.
    • Your responsibilities under the PSED All schools are required to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Understand what your school has to do.
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    • Coronavirus: extraordinary meeting agenda and questions Be clear on whether it's useful to hold a meeting, possible agenda points and the questions you should ask your headteacher, so you're equipped to make sure your school is ready in case it has to close.
    • Coronavirus: latest government advice for your school Schools will be closed from Friday afternoon until further notice for most pupils. Here are the details on which pupils should still attend, as well as what to do if they or staff develop symptoms.
    • School reopening: what's changing in autumn The government expects all children to be back in school from September. Here's a summary of what you need to know, based on the latest official guidance.
    • Supporting and promoting mental health in schools How can governors promote mental health in their school? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on the strategic role of governors with regard to promoting mental health, and look at what the role of a link governor for mental health may involve.
    • What to monitor from September Even though your school is opening to all pupils in autumn, it's not business as usual yet. Be clear on the areas you should focus on when monitoring your school, so you can make sure you're challenging and supporting school leaders and that things are working well.
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    • Education, health and care (EHC) plans What are EHC plans? We look at what education, health and care (EHC) plans are, what they contain, and when they are issued. We also link to further information on governors' role in SEN provision.
    • Governors' compliance with SEND legislation: an overview UpdatedLearn about governors' duty to provide education for children with SEND. We run through the rules set out in the Governance handbook, Children and Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice and SEND Regulations 2014.
    • SEND Code of Practice: a summary UpdatedUse this summary as a starting point to understanding some key parts of the SEND Code of Practice, so you can comply with this statutory document.
    • SEND provision Read our one-page summary of your duties in relation to provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
    • SEND report to governors: template and guidance Refer to our template SEND report to learn what information you should expect to see about your school's SEND provision. Use our SEN jargon buster to help you understand the report.
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