Headteachers should:

  • Provide strategic leadership for a whole school ethos that supports higher aspirations and achievements by all children and young people, including those with SEN(D)
  • Support data driven, evidence-informed practice
  • Ensure that the SENDCo is able to influence strategic decisions about SEN(D)
  • Ensure the wider school community understands the implications of effective SEN(D) provision for whole school improvement (from governors to class / subject teachers and teaching assistants)
  • Put in place arrangements to ensure parents/carers are regularly engaged in discussions about the progress of their child (at least three times a year)
  • Ensure processes are in place for involving parents/carers and young people in reviewing their individual and whole-school provision for SEN(D)
  • Developing relationships with next-stage educational providers including post 16 settings, supporting seamless transitions