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The Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Assessment of educational needs

15.—(1) Where a board is of the opinion that a child for whom it is responsible falls, or probably falls, within paragraph (2), it shall serve a notice on the child’s parent informing him—

(a)that the board proposes to make an assessment of the child’s educational needs,

(b)of the procedure to be followed in making the assessment,

(c)of the name of the officer of the board from whom further information may be obtained, and

(d)of the parent’s right to make representations, and submit written evidence, to the board within such period (which shall not be less than twenty-nine days beginning with the date on which the notice is served) as may be specified in the notice.

(2) A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he has special educational needs, and

(b)it is necessary for the board to determine the special educational provision which any learning difficulty he may have calls for.

(3) Where—

(a)a board has served a notice under paragraph (1) and the period specified in the notice in accordance with paragraph (1)(d) has expired, and

(b)the board remains of the opinion, after taking into account any representations made and any evidence submitted to it in response to the notice, that the child falls, or probably falls, within paragraph (2),

the board shall make an assessment of his educational needs.

(4) Where a board decides to make an assessment under this Article, it shall give notice in writing to the child’s parent of that decision and of the board’s reasons for making it.

(5) Schedule 1 (which makes provision in relation to the making of assessments under this Article) shall have effect.

(6) Where, at any time after serving a notice under paragraph (1), a board decides not to assess the educational needs of the child concerned it shall give notice in writing to the child’s parent of the board’s decision and the reasons for making it.

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