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United Kingdom - Northern Ireland: Deferring the start of school


A consultation is taking place on a proposal by the Education Minister to introduce the possibility of deferral of the compulsory school starting age of four, in exceptional circumstances. An expert panel will decide if such deferral, by one year, is in the best interests of a child experiencing difficulties with developmental milestones, on the basis of evidence submitted by the parent. The deferral process will be administered by the new Education Authority, which will be replacing the Education and Library Boards in April. The consultation runs until 6 March 2015.

Consultation on deferral of school starting age in exceptional circumstances launched
Department of Education (DE), Northern Ireland

Also see the consultation documents.

This article is drawn from the latest edition of Education in the News

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Last updated 19 September 2014



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