Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor
My name is Stephen Uncles and I have been a Parent Governor for just over a year and a half. One of my additional responsibilities within the Governing Body is as the SEN Governor.
The governing body of every mainstream school is encouraged to have a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor, to champion the issue of special educational needs within the work of the governing body, and to have specific oversight of the school’s arrangements and provision for meeting special educational needs.
My son Matthew is in Mallow class, which is one of the 3 SEN Resource Base classes within Studley Green. The Resource Bases are there to support those pupils in our School who have either Communication / Interaction, or Complex Educational needs. In addition to the pupils within our Resource Bases we also have 24% of pupils within our mainstream classes who also require some additional support; so it is fair to say that SEN takes up a good proportion of the time of all those who teach and manage at Studley Green.
SEN Governor Training
During March I attended a day’s training at Braeside Education Centre in Devizes, where along with other SEN Governors from around Wiltshire I learnt more about my role and responsibilities as an SEN Governor. I was also able to increase my understanding of how I can support both the School, and our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).
Meeting and working with the SENCO
In my new role as SEN Governor I recently had my first meeting with Chris Bennett who is Studley Green’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).
During this initial meeting Chris explained her role as SENCO, it is very busy job with widespread responsibilities. During the coming months I am looking to offer Governor support to Chris so she and the rest of the teachers and teaching assistants in the school are able to provide the appropriate education for our children with SEN.
Vice Chair of Governors