In late November, 2015 the Department of Education published the: Governance handbook for trustees of academies and multiacademy trusts and governors of maintained schools.
A copy of this document can be found here:
As its title suggests, the 114 pages document “sets out the government’s vision and priorities for effective school governance, and:
outlines the core role and functions of the board of governors in maintained schools and academies (“the board”);
summarises and provides a first point of reference on all the legal duties on boards, signposting to more detailed information, guidance and resources; and
provides information on the support available to boards to be effective”
In relation to disability and equality, the guidance is frankly disappointing and readers may be better served by looking at the publications by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The coverage of Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a little better (paras 34 – 49) and should be read by not only governors but teachers and parents.