Review of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
Every School a Good School – The Way Forward for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion.
Following a Review of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, a SEN and Disability Bill was introduced to the Assembly on 2 March 2015. The second stage of the Bill was held on Wednesday 10 March 2015. Committee stage began on 11 March 2015. During this stage the Committee will be engaging in consultation on the Bill with stakeholders/
The Bill strengthens and adds to the existing duties on Boards of Governors of grant aided schools in addressing the needs of pupils with special educational needs. It also places some new duties on the Education Authority such as the delopment of an annual plan of the SEN supports and services it will make available to schools and to SEN pupils and the provision of independent mediation services in relation to appeals to the Special Educational Needs and disability Tribunal (the Tribunal). The Bill provides some new rights of appeal for parents and for children over compulsory school age who are within the SEN framework. The revised SEN framework will aim to end delays in assessment and provision for children with SEN through a comprehensive range of measures that will contribute to a more responsive framework able to support children more quickly.
The Bill will be supported by revised SEN Regulations, a revised Code of Practice and a SEN capacity building programme; these will form key elements in the delivery of the new framework.
A summary report, published in January 2012, contains a factual analysis of the responses received to the Formal consultation on Every school a good school - The way forward for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion.
Summary Report of Responses to the Consultation on Every School a Good School - The Way Forward for special Educational Needs and Inclusion and the associated Equality Impact Assessment - English - PDF 1,954KB
Summary Report of Responses to the Consultation on Every School a Good School - The Way Forward for special Educational Needs and Inclusion and the associated Equality Impact Assessment - Irish - PDF 1,971KB
Equality Impact Assessment
Following on from this engagement, on 16 May 2012 the Minister presented a policy paper to the Education Committee for their consideration.
In July 2012, the Minister presented a Summary of Key Policy Proposals to the Executive for its agreement.
Summary of the Policy Proposals PDF 200 KB
Links to the presentation to the Education committee, the summary of Key Policy Proposals and the original:Consultation documents are provided above for you to download in PDF format. If the documents are not in a format that meets your needs please contact the special Education and Inclusion Review Team. We will be pleased to consider any requests for copies in alternative formats such as large print, Braille, audio or other languages.
Phone: 028 9127 9762
Fax: 028 9127 9100
Textphone: 18001- 028 9127 9762
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Post: Special Education and Inclusion Review Team,
Department of Education,
43 Balloo Road, Bangor,