Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004

SCHEDULE 1

Membership and Meetings of Council

1. In this Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires, “member” means a member of the Council, including the chairperson.

2. (1) Upon its establishment the Council shall provide itself with and retain in its possession a seal.

(2) The seal of the Council shall be authenticated by the signature of—

( a) the chairperson of the Council or other member of the Council authorised by the Council to act in that behalf, and

( b) an employee of the Council authorised by the Council to act in that behalf.

(3) Judicial notice shall be taken of the seal of the Council and every document purporting to be an instrument made by the Council and to be sealed with the seal of the Council (purporting to be authenticated in accordance with subparagraph (2)) shall be received in evidence and be deemed to be such instrument without further proof unless the contrary is shown.

3. (1) The Minister may at any time, for stated reasons, remove from office a member of the Council.

(2) The Council may at any time, with the consent of the Minister, for stated reasons, remove a member from office, other than the chairperson.

(3) A member (other than the chairperson) may at any time resign from office as a member by notice in writing to the chairperson and the resignation shall take effect on the date of the meeting of the Council next held after receipt by the Council of the notice.

(4) The chairperson may at any time resign from office as a member by notice in writing to the Chief Executive Officer and the resignation shall take effect on the date of the meeting of the Council next held after receipt by the Chief Executive Officer of the notice.

(5) A member who is absent from all meetings of the Council for 6 consecutive months, unless the absence was due to illness or was approved of by the Council, shall cease to be a member at the expiration of that period.

(6) The Minister, when appointing a member, shall specify the term of office of the member which shall not exceed 4 years.

(7) A member shall not serve more than 2 terms of office that are consecutive terms of office.

(8) Where a casual vacancy occurs among the members the Council shall notify the Minister who shall appoint a person to fill such a casual vacancy and a person so appointed shall, subject to this Schedule, hold office for the remainder of the term of office of the member whose death, resignation, removal from office or ceasing for any other reason to hold office occasioned the casual vacancy.

4. (1) The Council shall, from time to time, elect from among its members a deputy chairperson.

(2) The deputy chairperson shall hold office for such term as may be specified by the Council at the time of his or her appointment, unless—

( a) he or she resigns the office of deputy chairperson, or

( b) the Council by a resolution, of which not less than 7 days notice of the intention to propose is given to each member and for which not less than two thirds of the members vote, removes the deputy chairperson.

(3) The deputy chairperson may at any time resign from office by notice in writing to the Council and the resignation shall take effect on the date of the meeting of the Council next held after the receipt by the Council of the notice.

(4) Where, at an election of the deputy chairperson, 2 or more persons receive an equal number of votes, it shall be determined by lot which of those persons shall be deputy chairperson.

5. (1) The Minister shall fix the date, time and place of the first meeting of the Council.

(2) The Council shall hold at least 6 meetings in each year and such and so many other meetings and at such times as the chairperson may determine.

(3) The quorum for a meeting of the Council shall be 4.

(4) At least 3 days before a meeting of the Council notice of the time and place of the meeting shall be sent to each member of the Council signed—

( a) by the Chief Executive Officer or chairperson, or

( b) if the meeting is convened by members, by those members.

(5) If the meeting is convened by members, the notice convening the meeting shall specify the business to be transacted at that meeting.

(6) At a meeting of the Council—

( a) the chairperson shall, if present, be the chairperson of the meeting, or

( b) if and so long as the chairperson is not present, or if the office of chairperson is vacant, the deputy chairperson shall, if present, be the chairperson of the meeting, or

( c) if and so long as the chairperson is not present or the office of chairperson is vacant, and the deputy chairperson is not present or the office of deputy chairperson is vacant, the members who are present shall choose one of their number to preside at that meeting.

6. (1) Minutes of the proceedings of all meetings of the Council shall be drawn up and entered in a book kept for that purpose and such minutes shall be signed by the chairperson of the next subsequent meeting.

(2) The names of all members present at a meeting of the Council shall be recorded in the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting.

(3) At a meeting of the Council every act of the Council and every question coming before the Council shall be determined by a majority of the votes of members (including the chairperson) present and voting in relation to the act or question and, in the case of an equal division of votes on any act or question arising at a meeting of the Council (other than the election of the chairperson or deputy chairperson), the chairperson or other person presiding at that meeting shall have a second or casting vote.

7. Subject to paragraph 5(3), the Council may act notwithstanding one or more than one vacancy among its members or any deficiency in the appointment of a member which may subsequently be discovered.

8. Save as is otherwise provided by any enactment, including this Act, the Council may make, from time to time, such standing orders as it thinks fit for the regulation of its proceedings and may amend or revoke such standing orders.