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The Education (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: equalities impact assessment

Equalities Impact Assessment for new regulations that support the process for determining requests from parents in relation to the allocation of school places outside of the normal catchment area, and any subsequent appeals, and also the determination of exclusion appeals .


Stage 3: Assessing the impacts and identifying opportunities to promote equality

Having considered the data and evidence you have gathered, this section requires you to consider the potential impacts – negative and positive – that your policy might have on each of the protected characteristics. It is important to remember the duty is also a positive one – that we must explore whether the policy offers the opportunity to promote equality and/or foster good relations.

Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their age?
Age Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation Yes The measures put in place by these regulations apply equally across all age ranges so there are no specific age related impacts.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes The measures put in place by these regulations apply equally across all age ranges so there are no specific age related impacts.
Promoting good relations among and between different age groups Yes The measures put in place by these regulations apply equally across all age ranges so there are no specific age related impacts.
Do you think that the policy impacts disabled people?
Disability Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation Yes The 2021 regulations either reduce or remove the extended timescales permitted in 2020. This will mitigate any negative impact on children and young people with certain disabilities by substantially increasing the probability of a decision being made prior to the beginning of the new academic year.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes The content of these regulations applies equally to disabled and non-disabled people and is not seen to impact on advancing equality of opportunity.
Promoting good relations among and between disabled and non-disabled people Yes This set of regulations affects all families that are going to be making a placing request. We do not expect the way hearings are conducted or the reduced timescales to have an impact on the relations between disabled and non-disabled people.
Do you think that the policy impacts on men and women in different ways?
Sex Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination Yes These regulations do not have any differential impacts on men and women and apply equally to all.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes These regulations do not have any differential impacts on men and women and apply equally to all.
Promoting good relations between men and women Yes These regulations do not have any differential impacts on men and women and apply equally to all.
Do you think that the policy impacts on women because of pregnancy and maternity?
Pregnancy and Maternity Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on women because of pregnancy or maternity.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on women because of pregnancy or maternity.
Promoting good relations Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on women because of pregnancy or maternity.
Do you think your policy impacts on transsexual people?
Gender reassignment Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination Yes The regulations do not have any impacts on transsexual people.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes The regulations do not have any impacts on transsexual people.
Promoting good relations Yes The regulations do not have any impacts on transsexual people.
Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination Yes The regulations do not have any impacts on people because of their sexual orientation.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on people because of their sexual orientation.
Promoting good relations Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on people because of their sexual orientation.
Do you think the policy impacts on people on the grounds of their race?
Race Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination Yes The regulations do not have any impacts on people because of their race.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes See above
Promoting good race relations Yes See above
Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their religion or belief?
Religion or belief Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on people because of their religion.
Advancing equality of opportunity Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on people because of their religion.
Promoting good relations Yes The regulations do not have any specific impacts on people because of their religion.
Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their marriage or civil partnership?
Marriage and Civil Partnership[4] Positive Negative None Reasons for your decision
Eliminating unlawful discrimination These regulations are non-applicable to this protected characteristic as they do not apply to work.

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