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 4: Decision making and monitoring

Identifying and establishing any required mitigating action

Have positive or negative impacts been identified for any of the equality groups?


Is the policy directly or indirectly discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010[5]?


If the policy is indirectly discriminatory, how is it justified under the relevant legislation?


If not justified, what mitigating action will be undertaken?


Describing how Equality Impact analysis has shaped the policy making process

The impacts upon children and parents not receiving notification of their school place before the beginning of the school term has been factored in our decision making and the proposed changes to the regulations, and reduced as far as possible while achieving the main aim of recognising the pressures on capacity and providing achievable timescales to ensure an effective placing request and appeal process can operate.

The revised timescales introduced for the 2021 admissions round will increase the likelihood of appeals being completed before the end of the summer term, where possible, and in the great majority of cases, before the start of the new academic year. This will provide parents with greater certainty about the outcome of their placing request and appeal.

Monitoring and Review

We will monitor the impact of these proposals over the summer to ensure that any negative effects are minimised.


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