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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/

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill PDF 144KB

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill - Explanatory and Financial Memorandum PDF 80KB

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.

Background

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.

Report

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

Appendices

Appendix 1: Summary of the review consultation questions and proposals PDF 485 KB

Appendix 2 : Engagement with stakeholders PDF 86 KB

Appendix 3 : Campaigns and petitions PDF 952 KB

Appendix 4 : Summary of responses from consultation meetings PDF 1,017 KB

Appendix 5 : Breakdown of responses by respondent groupings PDF 4,026 KB

Appendix 6 : Responses from organisations representing the education sector PDF 7,167 KB

Appendix 7 : Responses from some statutory and voluntary organisations PDF 2,522 KB

Appendix 8 : Updated Responses from Statutory Education Partners PDF 2.19 MB

Appendix 9 : Responses from children and young people PDF 2,576 KB

Appendix 10 : Extracts from responses which relate to the EQIA PDF 174 KB

Consultation Documents

Every School a Good School : The Way Forward for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion - Consultation Document (English) PDF 434 KB

Every School a Good School : The Way Forward for special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion - Consultation Document (Irish) PDF 457 KB

Children and Young People's Consultation Document ( English) PDF 230 KB

Children and Young People's Consultation Document (Irish) PDF 246 KB

Equality Impact Assessment

Every School a Good School: The Way Forward for Special Educational needs (SEN) and Inclusion - Equality Impact Assessment ( English) PDF 454 KB

Every School A Good School : The Way Forward for special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion - Equality Impact Assessment (Irish) PDF 480 KB

Following on from this engagement, on 16 May 2012 the Minister presented a policy paper to the Education Committee for their consideration.

Minister's Presentation to The Committee for Education 16 May 2012 PDF181 KB

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.

Contact Details

Phone: 028 9127 9762

Fax: 028 9127 9100

Textphone: 18001- 028 9127 9762

For information on Text Relay visit the Text Relay website.

Email: seninclusion@deni.gov.uk

Post: Special Education and Inclusion Review Team,
Room G17a,
Department of Education,
Rathgael House,
43 Balloo Road, Bangor,
Co. Down,
BT19 7PR.