Roles and Responsibilities in Schools Provision for pupils with special educational needs is a matter for the school as a whole. In addition to the governing body, the school’s head teacher, SEN coordinator (SENCO) or learning support team, all other members of staff have important responsibilities. In practice the division of these responsibilities will be a matter for the school, to be decided in the light of a school’s circumstances and size, priorities and ethos. The governing body should, in co-operation with the headteacher, determine the school’s general policy and approach to provision for children with special educational needs, establish the appropriate staffing and funding arrangements and maintain a general oversight of the school’s work. Whatever arrangements are made in a particular school, the statutory duties remain with the governing body.
-The governing body appoint a committee or if not, must appoint an individual governor to take particular interest in and closely monitor the school’s work on behalf of the children with special educational needs. -The headteacher has the responsibility for the management of all aspects of the school’s work including provision for children with special educational needs. He or she will keep the governing body fully informed. At the same time, the headteacher will work closely with the school’s SENCO and be responsible for co-ordinating provision for the pupils with SEN particularly at School Action and School Action plus levels. -The special needs co-ordinator (SENCO) works closely with other school staff and has responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy. They coordinate provision for pupils at the School Action and School Action plus levels, together with provision for any child in the school who may have a statement of SEN.
-All teaching and support staff should be involved in the development of the school’s SEN policy and be fully aware of the school’s procedures for...
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