Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Wallisdean Infant and Junior Schools: Resourced Provision for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children

Department : Childrens Services

Name of lead officer : Phil Butler

Publication date: 30/04/2013

Review date: 30/04/2014

Departmental Manager Approval by : Steve Crocker

Departmental Manager Approval date : 12/06/2013

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

At present there are not enough children coming forward for admission to the resourced provision for deaf and hearing impaired children at Wallisdean Infant and Junior Schools. There are currently four children on role and they will all move to secondary school in September 2014. However, this particular provision is the only one in South East Hampshire so a way needs to be found to keep it open and to retain specialist staff in case there are deaf and hearing impaired children who come forward in future.

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

Staff who work in the resource provision have expertise in the field of language and communication, this being necessary in order to cater for the special educational needs of deaf and hearing impaired children. There is resourced provision for children with speech, language and communication needs in the area at Holbrook Primary School but this provison is oversubscribed (reference to speech, language and communication needs is in the context of special educational needs and does not apply in cases where difficulties arise because English is a second language - there are separate support arrangements for these circumstances)

The proposal is, therefore, that the brief of the Walisdean resourced provison should be extended so that it can cater for children with language and communication diffficulties as well as those who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. The proposal has the advantage of retaining existing capacity for deaf and hearing impaired children whilst, at the same time, helping to cater for a slight shortfall in provision within another area of special educational need. Wallisdean Infant School would continue to cater for deaf and hearing impaired children but would not be able to participate in the extended brief at present because of capacity considerations.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Low
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Disability: Impact : Medium
Any specific issues identified: Possible reduction in available provision
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: It is recommended that the proposal should be implemented as soon as possible
Faith: Impact : No Impact
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Gender: Impact : No Impact
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Transgender: Impact : No Impact
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Race: Impact : No Impact
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Sexual Orientation: Impact : No Impact
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Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : No Impact
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : No Impact
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Other factors: Impact : No Impact
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

The resourced provision already caters for children only and irrespective of race, disability, gender etc. There will be a low impact on deaf and hearing impaired children in that any peer group in respect of future admissions is likley to be smaller than in the past but this is a function of fewer deaf and hearing impaired youngsters needing the provision because of medical advances. Also, there will be a small impact on infant aged children with language and communication difficulites because there will be no special provision for them at Wallisdean Infant School; however, there will still be provision available at the Holbrook Primary School which is close by.

Conclusion

Without this proposal it is possible that children who are deaf or have hearing impairment may be disadvantaged in future because of a lack of specialist provision in the area. The proposal, if implemented, would ensure the viability of this provision and maintain skills locally at the same time as making new provision for pupils disabled through a language and communication difficulty.

 

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