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We all need a ‘critical friend’ to keep us on the right track

The school’s SEND governor will help to ensure you don’t have your metaphorical skirt tucked in your metaphorical knickers, says Nancy Gedge

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I have to make a horrible admission: I don’t know much about school governance. When I was a classroom teacher, my main role seemed to be staying out of the way when the governors were about (mind you, in my role as me, I tended to find this difficult, especially if they happened to be walking past my cubby hole or wandering through my classroom, when I couldn’t resist having a friendly chat).

A friend of mine was chair of governors at a local primary school for some years and another friend’s mother used to train governors but, despite these connections, I still had only the vaguest concept ...

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