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Explanatory Memorandum to Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

Article 12: Statements of Special Educational Needs and Schedule 1: Schedule substituted for Schedule 2 to the 1996 Order

37.This Article give parents the right to a meeting with the Board when it proposes to amend their child’s statement; and to express a preference for a grant-aided school. It requires Boards to send copies of the proposed statement to grant-aided schools that the Board is considering naming in a child’s statement, and to other Boards if those schools are in their areas.

38.Paragraph 11 provides for regulations to be made prescribing the time within which the Board must inform a parent of his right to appeal against the refusal to substitute a grant-aided school named in a statement.

39.Paragraphs 12 and 13 of the new Schedule 2 oblige the Board to continue to maintain a child’s statement until the outcome of any appeal against its proposal to cease to maintain that statement is known.

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