Governors' compliance with SEND legislation: an overview

Learn 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.

Last reviewed on 20 June 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Governors' responsibilities
  2. Appoint a link governor for SEND
  3. Report on SEND provision
  4. Make sure there's an accessibility plan
  5. Make sure a SENCO is appointed 
  6. Make sure extra attention is paid to safeguarding 

Governors' responsibilities

All governing boards have legal duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

In practice, your governing board can delegate these functions to a committee, an individual governor or the headteacher. However, it's still your board's responsibility to make sure that the functions are carried out. 

Co-operate with the local authority in reviewing the provision that is available locally and developing the local offer Try their best to make sure that a child with SEND gets the support they need – this means doing everything they can to meet children and young people’s SEND Make sure that children and young people with SEND engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who don't have SEND Inform parents when they are making special educational provision for a child Make sure that the school has arrangements in place to support pupils at