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The school governing body

A school's governing body helps to formulate school policy. Read about how the governing body works in collaboration with the headteacher to ensure that children with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) are supported fully at school.

The school governing body has an essential role in:

  • Doing its best to secure that the necessary provision is made by the school for meeting the Additional Learning Needs of its pupils.
  • Ensuring that, where the 'responsible person' (the headteacher or an appropriate governor) has been informed by the local authority that a pupil has Additional Learning Needs, those needs are made known to all staff who are likely to teach that pupil.
  • Ensuring that teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for the Additional Learning Needs of pupils.
  • Consulting with the local authority with regard to the provision of children and young people with Additional Learning Needs.
  • Establishing and then reporting annually to parents, the school's policy for meeting Additional Learning Needs.
  • Ensuring that pupils with Additional Learning Needs join in the activities of the school together with pupils who do not have Additional Learning Needs, so far as that is reasonably practicable and compatible with the pupils receiving the necessary Additional Needs provision, the effective education of other pupils in the school and the efficient use of resources.
  • Having regard to any appropriate Code of Practice when carrying out their duties towards all pupils with Additional Learning Needs.

The school governing body should also, in co-operation with the headteacher:

  • Determine the school's general policy and approach to provision for meeting Additional Learning Needs.
  • Establish the appropriate staffing and funding arrangements.
  • Maintain a general oversight of the school's work.