Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Minutes of Evidence



LETTER FROM THE CLERK OF THE COMMITTEE TO THE EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARDS

ENQUIRY INTO PUBLIC EXPENDITURE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION

  Thank you for your response to the Committee's previous request for written information on provision for Special Needs Education.

  I enclose further questions, which it would be useful if you could reply to in advance of the appearance before the Committee of representatives of the Education and Library Boards on Wednesday 22 July.

  A particular concern is the amount of accurate information collected by the Boards.

  It would be helpful if you could reply by Wednesday 15 July.

26 June 1998

WRITTEN QUESTIONS FOR BOARDS

PUPILS WITH STATEMENTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS:

  1. On what basis do you calculate funding for placements of children with statements of special educational needs in:

    (a)  special schools; and

    (b)  mainstream schools?

  2. Please describe the criteria that assist you in making different allocations to different schools.

  3. How do you evaluate the effectiveness of different placements for children with statements of special educational needs?

PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS WITHOUT STATEMENTS:

  4. What are the reporting arrangements in respect of how schools use the funding for non-statemented pupils with special educational needs?

DEFINITIONS

  5. How do you interpret and apply the definitions of "special education provision" and "special educational needs" (as set out in the Education (NI) Order 1996) for your Board area?

  6. Do you apply the definitions differentially for the various categories of special education needs as defined in the forthcoming Code of Practice? If so, how?

INTEGRATION/EXCLUSION

  7. What steps has the Board taken towards promoting the integration of pupils with statements of special educational needs into mainstream schools?

  8. How many children of school age in your Board's area are receiving education otherwise than at school (EOTAS)? What is the cost of this provision? On average, what percentage of full-time education does education otherwise provide? What is the nature of this provision?

CO-OPERATION

  9. What arrangements are there for co-operation between your Board and Health and Social Services Boards? If there are difficulties, please give examples.

  10. Are there any agreed policies between the Education and Library Board and the appropriate Health and Social Service Board regarding health and social services provision for children with special educational needs?


 
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