Stage 2: Data and evidence gathering, involvement and consultation
Include here the results of your evidence gathering (including framing exercise), including qualitative and quantitative data and the source of that information, whether national statistics, surveys or consultations with relevant equality groups.
Discussions with local authorities identified the likely numbers of appeals that education appeal committees may need to consider this year but no further detail about any protected characteristics. There is also little recent research into Education Appeal Committees, though some of the evidence available shows that many parents find the appeals process stressful and challenging. We would expect local authorities to be cognisant of their responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty, in how they carry out hearings so that the needs of parents with protected characteristics are catered for as far as possible.
|Characteristic||Evidence gathered and strength/quality of evidence||Source||Data gaps identified and action taken|
|Age||No specific evidence available||N/A||None|
|Disability||Limited evidence from a 2006 report which provided anecdotal evidence of parents of children with disabilities feeling unable to participate in hearings||Scottish Executive commissioned report published in 2006||We will make clear in supporting guidance to education authorities and education appeal committees their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.|
|Sex||No specific evidence available||N/A||None|
|Pregnancy And Maternity||No specific evidence available||N/A||None|
|Gender Reassignment||No specific evidence available||N/A||None|
|Sexual Orientation||No specific evidence available||N/A||None|
|Race||Limited evidence from a 2006 report which provided anecdotal evidence of a lack of translation services for parents with English as a second language||Scottish Executive commissioned report published in 2006||We will make clear in supporting guidance to education authorities and education appeal committees their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, including that the use of written submissions do not disadvantage those with English as a second language.|
|Religion Or Belief||No specific evidence available||N/A||None|
|Marriage And Civil Partnership (the Scottish Government does not require assessment against this protected characteristic unless the policy or practice relates to work, for example HR policies and practices - refer to Definitions of Protected Characteristics document for details)||No specific evidence available||N/A||None|