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The official opening of the new £20m Castle Tower School took place on Wednesday 27 June when education officials and special guests joined staff and pupils at the Ballymena special school to mark the occasion.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 will reform how children with Special Educational Needs are identified and supported.
To ensure consistency of approach in relation to official openings and to help maximise positive publicity we have produced some guidelines to support and advise schools in the planning and management of official openings.
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As Part of the Department of Education’s Review of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, Capacity Building Programme, the Resource File was published in 2012 to assist teachers and the education workforce to support children with special educational needs in schools.
Listed below are links to the Code of Practice and Supplement, and to other relevant SEN guidance/resource information which schools may find helpful.
Transition is a time of change when a child, with the support of their family, makes decisions as to which path to follow as they move from educational provision to adult life.
In the majority of cases, the legislation covers areas other than special educational needs. Only the relevant parts for Special Educational Needs are mentioned for ease of reference. The legislation is provided most recent first.
Once the Authority maintains a statement of Special Educational Needs on your child, the law states that there must be an Annual Review of the statement.
The Department of Education has provided guidance for the Education Authority and schools in the form of a Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs and also a Supplement to the Code of Practice, effective from 1 September 2005, which was produced as result of SENDO.
The Special Educational Needs Early Years Inclusion Service (SENEYIS) aims to promote the optimum development of pre-school children with special educational needs by providing support to children, families and pre-school settings.
The information provides hyperlinks to the legislation.gov.uk website.
The Chief Executive, as Accounting Officer, is primarily responsible for ensuring that the Education Authority’s (EA) approach to the use of public funds is appropriate, prudent and used for the purposes intended.
Under the Freedom of Information Act you have a right to request any recorded information held by a public authority.
The Education Authority adheres to legislation and has due regard to the Code of Practice and the Supplement to the Code in making decisions as to whether or not to proceed with a Statutory Assessment of a child’s special educational needs and then, when statutory assessment has been completed, whether or not to issue a Statement of Special Educational Needs.
Education Authority (EA) Chairperson Sharon O’Connor has officially opened the new £1million hydrotherapy pool which Principal John Madden has hailed as an ‘invaluable addition’ to facilities at Roddensvale School in Larne.