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Last reviewed on 18 February 2021
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Be clear on your role as the link governor for inclusion/equality and find out what questions you can ask to challenge and support your subject lead.

Your role

Inclusion is about making sure everyone is included, regardless of their different needs, characteristics and backgrounds.

In your link governor role, you’ll likely be focusing on inclusion in terms of pupils rather than staff. You'll be monitoring whether your school provides equal access to learning and opportunities, and creates a welcoming and respectful environment for all pupils.

You should:

Work closely with the subject lead

This might be your:

  • School inclusion officer/lead
  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
  • Headteacher 

Ask your chair if you’re unsure which staff member you need to speak to.

Working closely with the subject lead will help you get the insights you need to help the board hold staff to account and drive improvement.

You’re not expected to be an inclusion expert (that’s your subject lead’s job), but make sure you have a solid understanding of your board’s responsibilities under equalities legislation -

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