Public Consultation on the Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools and Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools - Pilot

The Education Authority (EA) is seeking your views on the Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools, which focuses on increasing the number of specialist provisions in mainstream primary and post primary schools. This framework also contains a proposal to pilot a new process to significantly speed up the establishment of specialist provision in mainstream schools.

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Public Consultation on the Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools

The purpose of this framework is to outline the EA’s vision, rationale and delivery framework with regards to specialist provision in mainstream schools across Northern Ireland. The EA funds specialist provision in a mainstream school to support children with a statement of special educational needs which indicates that specialist teaching within a small group setting is most appropriate.


The EA is seeking to put in place a framework to provide pupils and parents with a greater level of equity in the availability of specialist provision in mainstream schools across the region. This programme will provide greater access to inclusive educational opportunities for pupils with a statement of special needs.  For children availing of a specialist placement, there is opportunity for wider participation in the school alongside mainstream peers. The EA is committed to promoting inclusion and therefore it is important that this is reflected in this continuum of provision. 

Public Consultation on the Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools – Pilot

The aim of the pilot, undertaken by EA on behalf of DE, is to develop, test and agree a new process that will facilitate the establishment, closure or change of specialist provision in (sustainable) mainstream schools in an efficient and expedient manner without the requirement for a Development Proposal but consistent with the EA’s Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools.


This pilot is part of the consultation process for the Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools. On completion of the consultation, outcomes will be analysed and, if successful, this will inform the future process for establishing specialist provision in mainstream schools.


The purpose of the consultation is to seek views relating to our objective of having specialist provision which is flexible and agile to meet the changing educational needs of children and young people that will provide clarity and transparency for parents on the education and special educational needs support that is available to meet the changing needs of their children.


The EA is seeking your views as part of this consultation and you will find the relevant documents associated with the consultation, including the consultation response questionnaire below.

Please note this consultation is open from 9am on Friday 16 October 2020 and closes at 5pm on Monday 12 April 2021.

Should you be unable to respond online, the Consultation Questionnaire is available upon request using the email address - mainstreamconsultation@eani.org.uk

Consultation Events

EA will be undertaking a series of consultation events, details of which are below.  To register to attend one of these events please forward an email to the following addresses to register your preferred date:


Draft Framework for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools – Pilot
 

  • Monday 9 November 2020 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
     
  • Tuesday 1 December 2020 –10am to 12pm (POSTPONED)
     
  • Monday 14 December 2020 - 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Friday 15 January 2021 at 10:00am - 12:00pm

  • Monday 25 January 2021 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm (POSTPONED)

  • Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Register with your preferred date to:  mainstreamconsultation@eani.org.uk

Please include details of any questions you would like answered during the event. 

Last updated 26/04/2021