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(1)It shall be the duty of an education authority to keep generally under consideration the cases of all children in their area who the authority have decided require special education, and—
(a)when in the discharge of that duty in relation to such a child the education authority think it expedient, or
(b)if the education authority are at any time requested to do so by notice in writing given to them by the parent of such a child,
the education authority shall review their decision that the said child requires special education:
Provided that the parent of a child who the education authority have decided requires special education shall not, by virtue of paragraph (b) above, be entitled to request the authority to review their decision earlier than the expiry of the period of 12 months from the date of that decision or more often than once in any period of 12 months subsequent to the expiry of the first-mentioned period.
(2)For the purpose of obtaining advice in connection with a review, under subsection (1) above, of their decision that a child requires special education, an education authority may—
(a)invite the parent of that child to submit the child for a medical examination and a psychological examination, and
(b)(in the case of a child who has attained the age of five years) if the parent fails to submit the child as aforesaid, by notice in writing served upon the parent require him to submit the child for a medical examination and a psychological examination.
(3)Subsections (2) to (4) of section 61 of this Act (examination of children) shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section, with the substitution, for the references to subsection (1) of that section, of references to subsection (2) of this section, and subject to any other necessary modifications.
(4)In reviewing, under subsection (1) above, their decision that a child requires special education an education authority shall take into consideration—
(a)the advice given to them with respect to that child in consequence of medical and psychological examinations undergone by the child ;
(b)if either the review is being carried out in pursuance of a request made to them by the parent of the child by virtue of paragraph (b) of subsection (1) above or the parent was invited, under paragraph (a) of subsection (2) above, to submit the child for medical and psychological examination in connection with the review, the views of the parent of the child, so far as these can be obtained;
(c)if the child has been at any time in attendance at any school, any reports or other information with respect to the child which they are able to obtain from the records of the school or from teachers at the school;
(d)any other reports or information which they are able to obtain with respect to the ability or aptitude of the child;
and the education authority shall thereafter either—
(i)revoke the said decision, in which case they shall forth with give to the parent of the child notice in writing of its revocation, and their duty to ensure that any education provided by them for the child is special education shall thereupon cease; or
(ii)determine not to revoke the decision, in which case, if either the review was carried out in pursuance of a request made to them by the parent of the child by virtue of paragraph (b) of subsection (1) above or the parent was invited, under paragraph (a) of subsection (2) above, to submit the child for medical and psychological examination in connection with the review, they shall forthwith give to the parent such notice of their determination as is mentioned in subsection (5) below.
(5)A notice given by an education authority to a parent in pursuance of paragraph (ii) of subsection (4) above shall be in writing and shall inform the parent of his right under subsection (1) of section 64 of this Act to require the authority to issue to him a statement of the reasons for their determination, and of his right under that subsection to refer the case to the Secretary of State.
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