Special Needs Education Legislation: Policy and Guidance

Development of Special Education in the Republic of Ireland (Overview) (pdf)pdf

Development of Special Education in Northern Ireland (Overview) (pdf)pdf

Northern Ireland

The 1996 Education Act (NI)
The Code of Practice 1998 (NI)
Promoting and Sustaining Good Behaviour in Schools(NI)
SeNDO Legislation (2005) (Special Educational Needs Disability Bill)

Republic of Ireland

The 1998 Education Act (RoI)
Three Step Model (RoI)
Guidelines for Students with General Learning Disabilities (RoI)
Learning Support Guidelines (RoI)
Guidelines Towards a Positive Policy for School Behaviour and Discipline (RoI)
Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill (2003)
EPSEN_Act_2004 (RoI)
Circular SP.ED 01/05 (deals with functions ofNational Council for Special Education)
Disability / SEN / Education legislation (includes press releases from 1998 – 2005)
Irish Exemption. in some circumstances pupils with SEN can be exempted from Irish.

What is an Individual Education Plan in the North?
What is an Individual Education Plan in the South?

Further Information

Special Education (RoI)
Government Circulars (RoI)
Removing Barriers to Achievement Government Strategy for SEN (Refers to England 2004) – linked to http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/sen/senstrategy/
Every Child Matters (a website which provides information on current issues in mainland UK, some of which will or may affect NI education)-