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Effective SEND provision: Four key leadership roles

SEND provision in a school is everyone’s responsibility, including senior leaders and governors. Professor Adam Boddison outlines four key areas where effective leadership is crucial for effective SEND provision

The SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2014) is clear that SEND is everybody’s responsibility. In addition to all teachers, this includes all leaders. There is no absolute consensus on the best way to share the strategic responsibility for SEND between SENCOs, headteachers, governors and other stakeholders, but four helpful themes to consider are: co-production, “Think SEND!”, SENCO deployment, and ethical decision-making.


One of the central aims of the Children and Families Act 2014 was to ensure that services consistently placed learners with SEND and their families at the centre of the decision-making process. This includes ensuring there is a clear approach that involves the participation of children and young people and their parents/carers in making decisions about how best to support their SEND at both an individual and strategic level.

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