Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : HCC Strategic Commissioning Plan for Adult and Community Learning including Procurement and Funding

Department : Childrens Services

Name of lead officer : Gillian Fifield

Publication date: 21/06/2013

Review date: 31/12/2013

Departmental Manager Approval by : John (Children's Services) Clarke

Departmental Manager Approval date : 04/09/2013

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

The Adult and Community Learning (ACL) Strategic Commissioning Plan for 2013/14, incorporating funding and procurement processes, identifies the outcomes for the academic year which include the delivery of community learning to 18,000 learners. The Plan reflects both a universal and a major targeted offer of learning across the county.

HCC commissioning procedures will be utilised to provide funding for successful non-HCC bidding organisations. The Report also includes proposals for the funding of internal HCC-based providers (such as schools, libraries and EMTAS).

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

Equalities issues and impacts are considered at each of the following stages: service planning, consultation with learners and stakeholders, procurement, implementation, delivery of the learning programme, monitoring, self-assesment and quality improvement planning.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: Under-represented age groups
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Continue to target older learners and those in the age ranges 19-24 and 45-54. Monitor and improve success rates for under-achieving learners within specific age groups.
Disability: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: Meeting needs of learners with learning difficulties/disabilities
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Continue to encourage learners with learning difficulties/disabilities to state their needs and ensure that appropriate learner or learning support is in place.

Continue to develop Skills for Independent Living and Leisure (SILL) provision to meet needs of specific groups.

Faith: Impact : Low
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Gender: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: Male participation in ACL
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Continue to identify courses and opportunities for men to participate in ACL.
Transgender: Impact : Low
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Race: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: Participation of learners from under-represented ethnic groups
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Continue to develop provision to meet the needs of learners from under-represented ethnic groups and ensure that learners' needs are met. Monitor and improve success rates for under-achieving learners within specific specific ethnic groups.
Sexual Orientation: Impact : Low
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Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : Low
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : Low
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Other factors: Impact : High
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

None of the low impact groups will be adversely affected by this Plan. Although there may be individuals within these groups for whom there will be positive benefits, they are not specifically targeted through the delivery of the adult and community learning service. Adult learning classes provide equality of opportunity for all adults through the funding allocated for 'universal' provision.

Conclusion

The Adult and Community Learning Service aims to secure a learning programme which delivers the benefits of learning for personal development, mental and physical health, digital inclusion and community involvement. Community Learning reflects both a ‘targeted’ and a ‘universal’ offer of learning which includes people in disadvantaged areas or from disadvantaged groups, as well as those who engage in learning for personal or skills development or personal wellbeing. The programme aims to widen participation, motivate disadvantaged groups; create learning opportunities for residents of Hampshire from all equality groups; and to provide appropriate support for individuals with specific needs to ensure that all learners have successful learning outcomes.

 

For more information please visit the Hampshire County Council Equality & Diversity web page.