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The Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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Religious education in controlled and voluntary schools other than nursery and special schoolsF6N.I.

21.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, religious[F1 education] shall be given in every[F1 grant‐aided] school other than a nurseryF2. . . school and the school day in every such school shall also include collective worship whether in one or more than one assembly on the part of the [F3registered pupils] at the school.

(2) In a controlled school[F1, other than a controlled integrated school,] the religious[F1 education] required by paragraph (1) shall be undenominational religious[F1 education], that is to say,[F1 education] based upon the Holy Scriptures according to some authoritative version or versions thereof but excluding[F1 education] as to any tenet distinctive of any particular religious denomination and the collective worship required by paragraph (1) in any such school shall not be distinctive of any particular religious denomination.

[F4(3) Subject to paragraph (3A), in—

(a)a controlled integrated school;

(b)a grant‐maintained integrated school; and

(c)a voluntary school,

the religious education and collective worship required by paragraph (1) shall be under the control of the Board of Governors of the school and that religious education shall be subject to such arrangements for inspection and examination as the Board of Governors thinks fit.]

[F5(3A) In a grant-aided school the religious education required by paragraph (1) shall include religious education in accordance with any core syllabus specified under Article 11 of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.]

(4) Religious[F1 education] and collective worship required by paragraph (1) shall be so arranged that—

(a)the school shall be open to pupils of all religious denominations for[F1 education] other than religious[F1 education];

(b)no pupil shall be excluded directly or indirectly from the other advantages which the school affords.

(5) If the parent of any pupil requests that the pupil should be wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious[F1 education] or collective worship or from both, then, until the request is withdrawn, the pupil shall be excused from such attendance in accordance with the request.

(6) No payment from public funds in respect of a pupil shall be varied by reason of his attendance or non-attendance at religious[F1 education] or collective worship.

(7) Ministers of religion and other suitable persons, including teachers of the school, to whom the parents do not object shall, subject to paragraph (8), be granted reasonable access at convenient times to pupils in any[F1 grant‐aided] school other than a nurseryF2. . . school for the purpose of giving religious[F1 education], whether as to tenets distinctive of a particular religious denomination or otherwise, or of inspecting and examining the religious[F1 education] given in the school and[F1 education] given by virtue of this paragraph may be in addition to that provided under paragraph (1).

(8) Paragraph (7) shall not, without the consent of the managers of the school, apply to a voluntary school in existence immediately before 1st October 1973 which was not at that date required to give such access as is referred to in that paragraph and where a pupil has been wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious[F1 education] in any voluntary school to which such access is not granted, such pupil may be withdrawn from the school during such periods as are reasonably necessary for the purpose of enabling him to receive religious[F1 education] of which his parents approve.

(9) The Department shall make such regulations as it considers necessary for securing that the provisions of this Article relating to religious education are complied with in all[F1 grant‐aided] schools other than nurseryF2. . . schools, and in particular such regulations may contain provisions with respect to—

(a)the times during which any religious observance may be practised or any religious[F1 education] may be given;

(b)the times during which pupils may be withdrawn from the school so that they may receive religious[F1 education] in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (8);

(c)the making of arrangements for religious[F1 education] in schools;

(d)the amount of time which may be allotted in the time-tables of schools to religious[F1 education].

F6functions transf. by SR 1999/481

Non-textual amendments applied to the whole Legislation can be found in the Introduction

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