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The Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996


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Assessment of educational needs at request of child’s parent

20.—(1) Where—

(a)the parent of a child for whom a board is responsible asks the board to arrange for an assessment to be made in respect of the child under Article 15,

(b)such an assessment has not been made within the period of six months ending with the date on which the request is made, and

(c)it is necessary for the board to make an assessment under that Article,

the board shall comply with that request.

(2) Paragraph (1) applies whether or not the board is maintaining a statement under Article 16 for the child.

(3) If in any case where paragraph (1)(a) and (b) applies the board decides not to comply with the request—

(a)it shall give notice to the child’s parent of that decision, the reasons for making it and the effect of sub-paragraph (b), and

(b)the parent may appeal to the Tribunal against the decision.

(4) On an appeal under paragraph (3) the Tribunal may—

(a)dismiss the appeal, or

(b)order the board to arrange for an assessment to be made in respect of the child under Article 15.

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