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Explanatory Memorandum to Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

Article 18: Access to courses: pupils in key stage 4 and Article 19: Access to courses: pupils over compulsory school age

26.Articles 18 and 19 require Boards of Governors to provide pupils in key stage 4 (Article 18) and pupils over compulsory school age (Article 19) with access to a minimum number of qualifying courses leading to qualifications approved by the Department. The Department will specify the number of courses for pupils in key stage 4 and for pupils over compulsory school age but in each case at least one third of the courses must be applied courses and at least one third must be general. Schools can meet this requirement if the course is provided by the school itself or on behalf of the school under arrangements made with others under Article 21.

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