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Temporary Modification of Education Duties


The Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.2) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Made                             02 April 2020

Coming into operation  02 April 2020



The Department of Education• makes the following Notice in exercise of the powers conferred on it by

section 38(3)(c) and paragraph 17(1), (2)(b) and (d) and (7) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 20202•

The Department considers that the making of this Notice is an appropriate and proportionate action in all the circumstances because the current outbreak of coronavirus in Northern Ireland has hindered compliance with the statutory duties set out in paragraph I 7(2)(b) and (d) of Schedule 17 to that Act.

  1. Citation, commencement and interpretation

(1).This Notice may be cited as the Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No. 2) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020 and shall come into operation on 02 April 2020.

(2).ln this Notice -

"cancellation notice" has the meaning set out in paragraph 17(8) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020;

"the Department" means the Department of Education in Northern Ireland; "the Health and Social Care Authority" means:-

(a)           the Regional Health and Social Care Board3; or

(b)           a health and social care trust established under Article 10 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 19914;

"the specified period" shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 3.

  1. Modification

The provisions referred to in sub-paragraph (I) are-

Articles 6 to 2 IB of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/274 (NJ. 1)) (duties in relation to special educational needs); and

1 2016 c.5 (N.I.) (See s.1(11) and the Schedule)

2 Coronavirus Act 2020 c.7

3 2009 c.1 (N.I.) (See s.7 and Schedule 1)

4 S.I. 1991/194 (N.1.1)

(b) Regulations 5 to 22 of the Education (Special Educational Needs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. 2005 No. 384) (duties in relation to assessments and statements).

(3)           Any duty (the original duty) on any of the bodies listed in heads (a) to (e) is replaced with a best endeavours duty (a best endeavours duty) but only where an inability to comply with that original duty is attributable to the temporary closure of schools in Northern Ireland or the reallocation of Education Authority or health and social care resources to meet other essential services required as a result of the current outbreak of coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

(a)           Education AuthorityS;

(b)           schools in Northern Ireland;

(c)           boards of governors of schools;

(d)           Health and Social Services Authority or

(e)           parents.

  1. Specified Period

(1) The specified period is a period of 28 days from and including the commencement date, unless the Department issues a cancellation notice before that period. A further Notice may be issued after 28 days by the Department in respect of the same duty or duties.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Education on 02 April 2020

Derek Baker

A senior officer of the

Department of Education


5 Section 1(1) of the Education Act {NI) 2014 c.12 (N.I.)

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