Returning to school after lockdown

This guide outlines some questions/points you can consider when engaging with your school or the Education Authority about support for your child(ren) when they return to school after lockdown.

Vulnerable children & Young People – COVID-19 guidance from the Dept of Education NI 

Guidance on Vulnerable Children and Young People

COVID-19educational support for children with SEN during Coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Update COVID-19 update

SENAC INFORMATION PACKIntroduction to Special Educational Needs System in Northern Ireland

Information Pack, Complete PACK PDF_updated 06-17

If you would prefer to be sent a copy of the Information Pack through the post return to  SENAC Home,  click Parents Info Pack and complete the form.


Asking the Education Authority for a Statutory Assessment of your child’s Special Educational Needs.

Asking the Education Authority for a re-assessment of your child’s Special Educational Needs

Completing your Parental Advice Form as part of the Statutory Assessment of your child’s educational needs

Making a complaint if your child is not receiving the Special Educational provision specified on the Statement

Education Authority’s comments & complaints procedure

Timeline for stages 4 & 5 of the Special Educational Needs framework.

Annual Review of a Statement of Special Educational Needs

Transition Review – first Annual Review after the age of 14 years

An early review of a Statement can be requested if child’s needs have changed and provision is no longer meeting their needs

Annual Review Notes of Guidance -ARNOG – Education Authority

Information request to School – sample letter

Special Educational Needs CODE of PRACTICE Department of Education for NI

Download a copy of the Code of Practice Code of Practice – DENI

The law dealing with Special Education in Northern Ireland is contained in The Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 as amended by The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (SENDO).

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.

Supplement to the Code of Practice SEN

Schools, EA and health and social services must consider the advice given in the Code of Practice when deciding what they should do for children with special educational needs.

A Resource File for schools to support children with Special Educational Needs – Department of Education

Click to view Resource File

Good Practice Guidelines for schools to meet the Special Educational Needs of pupils at the school based stages of the Code of Practice

Good Practice Guidelines FOR SCHOOLS school based stages

Review of SEN Legislation in Northern Ireland

SENAC’s response to Special Educational Needs and Disability(SEND) Bill submitted April 2015    SENAC SEND Bill Response April 2015 Web

Summary of SENAC’s views/comments on the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Bill 2015.

This Bill is at Committee stage and all organisations and individuals are invited to submit their views/comments on the contents of the Bill. Open the link below to view a summary of SENAC’s views/comments. This is a condensed version of what will be our final response.

Key messages: SEND Bill 2015 Summary comments

Every School a Good School – The Way Forward for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion

(Consultation period closed)

SENAC’s response to the Department of Education for NI

Full details here

Additional submission from SENAC

Full details here

Summary Report of Responses to consultation February 2012

Click here to read DENI’s analysis of the responses and an outline of proposals

Delivering Equality in Education – Equality Commission NI

Link to a number of case studies highlighting the extent of inequalities for specific groups. Click Here and go to Case Studies to see SENAC’s contribution.

Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance (CDSA)

SENAC are part of the Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance (CDSA) which is a consortium of organizations that work together to ensure that policy impacting on the lives of children and young people with disabilities is informed by their needs and circumstances.

Education Manifesto – Click here

The State of SEN Statements: The Case for Specification & Quantification


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