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Western Education & Library Board,
1 Hospital Road,
Omagh, Co Tyrone,
BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411
Fax: 028 8241 1400
Email: info@welbni.org
Textphone: 028 8241 1550

Special Education and Peripatetic Services

Statement of Purpose:

" To provide a range of support services for children with special educational needs, thus ensuring that the best possible opportunities are provided for them to learn and develop."

The EAWR has a responsibility to ensure that children within its area who may have special educational needs have those needs identified and assessed. The EAWR also has a responsibility to make appropriate provision for any child for whom it maintains a statement of special educational needs.

Assistant Senior Education Officer - Children & Young People's Services EAWR  
Nicola Topping T:  028 8241 1570(EAWR No)  E: nicola.topping@eani.org.uk 

The Board also undertakes, within its resources, to:

  • assist schools to identify and assess children with special educational needs

  • work in partnership with schools to develop effective ways of meeting the special educational needs of pupils in accordance with the Code of Practice

  • support schools in developing a special needs policy

  • provide high quality advice and support to schools in meeting the range of special educational needs of pupils particularly in relation to language, literacy and numeracy

  • provide appropriate in service training for staff and Boards of Governors

  • develop integrated services for behaviour support to schools involving the Curriculum Advisory Support Service, Educational Psychology Service, Education Welfare Service, Outreach Service, the Behaviour Support Team, and the Youth Service

  • improve the quality of the environment for pupils with special educational needs

  • provide appropriate spe t transport services where necessary
    work in partnership with other statutory agencies


Special Needs Support Officer - Derry/Limavady District Council     
Mrs Patricia Haughey  T: 028 8241 1473  E: patricia_haughey@eani.org.uk 
Special Needs Support Officer - Fermanagh & Strabane District Council   
To be confirmed T:  E: 
Special Needs Support Officer - Derry District Council   
Mrs Carmel McDermott  T: 028 8241 1473  E: carmel_mcdermott@eani.org.uk 
Special Needs Support Officer - Omagh & Strabane District Council   
Mrs Clair Sweeney  T: 028 8241 1270  E: clair_sweeney@eani.org.uk 

The Special Education Administrative Section is responsible for the management, organisation and implementation of the statutory requirements in relation to children who have been identified and assessed as having special educational needs. Should you have any concerns regarding your child's special needs you may contact the Special Needs Administrative Officer for your area.


In identifying, assessing, and making provision for children with special educational needs, the Board has established a range of practices and procedures to meet the requirements of the Education (NI) Order 1996 and the Code of Practice 1998.

In addressing its statutory responsibilities, key principles and commitments, the following practices and procedures have been adopted:

  • the Board will adhere to a coherent and co-ordinated five-stage process of assessment to enable schools and the Board to identify, assess, and make provision for children with special educational needs

  • the Board will provide a range of advice and support to schools and Governors to enable them to meet their statutory responsibilities in relation to children with special educational needs

  • the Board will assist schools and Governors to fulfil their statutory responsibility to formulate and review their special education policies