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  1. Introductory Text


    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation


    1. Introductory

      1. 3.Meaning of “special educational needs” and “special educational provision” etc.

    2. Code of practice

      1. 4.Code of practice

      2. 5.Making and amendment of code

    3. Special educational provision: general

      1. 6.Review of arrangements

      2. 7.Duty to educate children with special educational needs in ordinary schools

      3. 7A.Education otherwise than in ordinary schools

      4. 8.Duties in relation to pupils with special educational needs in ordinary schools

      5. 8A.Duty to inform parent where special educational provision made

      6. 9.Determination by Boards of Governors of policy in relation to provision of education for children with special educational needs

    4. Special educational provision otherwise than in a grant-aided school

      1. 10.Special educational provision otherwise than in a grant-aided school

      2. 11.Special educational provision in institutions outside Northern Ireland

      3. 12.Special educational provision in institutions in Northern Ireland other than grant-aided schools

    5. Identification and assessment of children with special educational needs

      1. 13.General duty of board towards children for whom it is responsible

      2. 14.Duties of health and social services boards and health and social services trusts

      3. 15.Assessment of educational needs

      4. 16.Statement of special educational needs

      5. 17.Appeal against decision not to make statement

      6. 18.Appeal against contents of statement

      7. 18A.Unopposed appeals

      8. 19.Reviews of statements

      9. 20.Assessment of educational needs at request of child's parent

      10. 20A.Review or assessment of educational needs at request of responsible body

      11. 21.Assessment of educational needs of children under two

    6. General duties of boards

      1. 21A.Advice and information for parents

      2. 21B.Resolution of disputes

    7. Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Northern Ireland

      1. 22.Constitution of Tribunal

      2. 23.Tribunal procedure

      3. 23A.Compliance with orders

      4. 24.Appeals from Tribunal

    8. Special schools and other institutions

      1. 25.Religious education in special schools

      2. 26.Approval of institutions in Northern Ireland other than grant-aided schools

    9. School attendance orders

      1. 27.School attendance orders

    10. Supplementary

      1. 28.Regulations and orders


    1. 29.Withdrawal of school from maintained status

    2. 30.Independent schools

    3. 31.Date of commencement of secondary education

    4. Art. 32 rep. by 2003 NI 12

    5. 33.School inspections

    6. 34.Key stages

    7. 35.Compulsory contributory subjects in key stage 4

    8. 36.Initiation of procedure for acquisition by school of grant-maintained integrated or controlled integrated status

    9. 37.Proposals for acquisition of grant-maintained integrated status

    10. Art. 38 rep. by 1997 NI 15

    11. 39.Powers of trustees of voluntary schools in relation to proceeds of disposal of school premises

    12. 40.Incorporation of Boards of Governors

    13. Art. 41 rep. by 1997 NI 15

    14. 42.Direction to admit child to specified school


    1. Article 43—Amendments

    2. Article 44—Repeals


    1. SCHEDULE 1


      1. Introductory

        1. 1.In this Schedule, “assessment” means an assessment of a child's...

      2. Medical and other advice

        1. 2.(1) Regulations shall make provision as to the advice which...

      3. Manner, and timing, of assessments, etc.

        1. 3.(1) Regulations may make provision— (a) as to the manner...

      4. Attendance at examinations

        1. 4.(1) Where the Authority is considering whether to make an...

      5. Offence

        1. 5.(1) Any parent who fails without reasonable excuse to comply...

    2. SCHEDULE 2


      1. Introductory

        1. 1.In this Schedule— “amendment notice” has the meaning given in...

      2. Copy of proposed statement

        1. 2.(1) Before making a statement, the Authority shall serve on...

      3. Amendments to a statement

        1. 3.(1) A board shall not amend a statement except—

      4. Provision of additional information

        1. 4.(1) Sub-paragraph (2) applies when the Authority serves on a...

      5. Preference as to school

        1. 5.(1) Every board shall make arrangements for enabling a parent—...

      6. Consultation on specifying name of school in statement

        1. 6.(1) Sub-paragraph (2) applies if the Authority is considering—

      7. Representations

        1. 7.(1) A parent on whom a copy of a proposed...

      8. Making the statement

        1. 8.(1) Where representations are made to the Authority under paragraph...

      9. Service of statement

        1. 9.(1) Where the Authority makes or amends a statement it...

      10. Keeping, disclosure and transfer of statements

        1. 10.(1) Regulations may make provision as to the keeping and...

      11. Change of named school

        1. 11.(1) Sub-paragraph (2) applies where— (a) the parent of a...

      12. Procedure for ceasing to maintain a statement

        1. 12.(1) A board may not cease to maintain a statement...

        2. 13.(1) A board may cease to maintain a statement only...

    3. SCHEDULE 4


      1. Contracts of employment

        1. 1.Where Article 40 effects a transfer of rights and liabilities...

      2. Dissolution of Board of Governors

        1. 2.(1) A Board of Governors incorporated under Article 40 is...

      3. Directions as to transfer of property, rights and liabilities of dissolved Board of Governors

        1. 3.(1) Where it appears to the Department that a Board...

      4. Division of property, rights and liabilities of Board of Governors of group of schools

        1. 4.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) a Board of Governors...

      5. Data protection

        1. 5.(1) Where personal data are transferred under Article 40(3) to...

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