Thursday, 28 April 2011

School Governors’ duties towards children with SEN (Non Statutory Guidance)

School Governors’ duties towards children with SEN

Non Statutory Guidance

School discipline and pupil-behaviour policies: guidance for schools

Includes a useful checklist for governors planning behaviour policies which take into account pupils with SEN.

• Schools must make reasonable adjustments in the application of their behaviour policy to disabled pupils.

• Schools must make special educational provision for pupils whose behaviour-related learning difficulties call for it to be made.

• Schools should be alert to the potentially disproportionate impact of the school's disciplinary framework on vulnerable pupils.

• Schools should identify at-risk pupils in advance.

• Schools should plan proactively how the school's disciplinary framework should be applied for each of these pupils.

• Schools should ensure that all those in contact with the pupil know what has been agreed.

• Schools should make sure that every vulnerable pupil has a key person in school who knows them well, has good links with the home, and can act as a reference point for staff when they are unsure about how to apply the disciplinary framework.

Schools should ensure that all staff are aware of appropriate referral procedures.

The full report for School governors understand their legal duties to children with SEN from IPSEA can be downloaded from here

IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales on:

• local authorities’ legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs;
• exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities;
• actions or inaction
by local authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children with disabilities

Website Twitter @IPSEAcharity

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