FOI Request School Attendances

Request 101001627264

1. the rate of school exclusions for disabled pupils in schools in the local authority in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years;
2. the rate of school exclusions for non-disabled pupils in schools managed by the local authority in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years;
3. the rate of “other authorised absence” (ScotXed code 24) from school for disabled pupils in schools managed by  the local authority in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years;
4. the rate of “other authorised absence” (ScotXed code 24) from school for non-disabled pupils in schools managed by the local authority in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years;
5. Any equality impact assessment carried out in terms of exclusions from school or exclusion policy in the local authority;
6. the rate of school exclusions for pupils with an autistic spectrum disorder in schools managed by the local authority in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years;
7. the rate of school exclusions for all pupils in schools managed by [local authority] in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years.
8. the rate of “other authorised absence” (ScotXed code 24) from school for pupils with an autistic spectrum disorder in schools managed by the local authority in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years;
9. the rate of “other authorised absence” (ScotXed code 24) from school for all pupils in schools managed by the local authority in the current academic year each of the four previous academic years.

Response 07-11-2017 

  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Q1. 0.14% 0.11% 0.14% 0.16%
Q2. 0.03% 0.04% 0.04% 0.04%
Q3. 6.1% 6.5% 6.2% 5.6%
Q4. 3.9% 4.4% 4.3% 4.4%
Q6. 0.12% 0.10% 0.12% 0.04%
Q7. 0.03% 0.04% 0.05% 0.04%
Q8. 3.9% 5.0% 5.7% 5.6%
Q9. 3.9% 4.4% 4.3% 4.4%

5. 

5: There was no separate equality impact assessment form completed for the policy. However, throughout the School Exclusions Policy and Procedures there is various guidance in relation to pupils with a disability, pupils with additional support needs (which can include disability, race or ethnicity) and the advice not to make assumptions about the composition of a pupil's family unit. These considerations are made in sections about the relevant legislation, about the decision to exclude, Fresh Start arrangements, and looked-after children and - in Part 1 of the guidelines for Headteachers - in the section dealing with factors to be taken into consideration, the use of external agencies and in appendix D about looked-after children. It can therefore be said that in drafting the Policy and Procedures due regard has been given to the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Section 149 of the Equality Act defines the General Public Sector Equality Duty as A public authority must, in the exercise of its functions have due regard to the need to -

                (a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;

                (b) advance equality of opportunity between person who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;

                (c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

The relevant protected characteristics are: age(only applicable to those aged 18 or above), disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

 

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require each listed authority in Scotland to "where and to the extent required to fulfill the general equality duty, assess the impact of applying a proposed new or revised policy or practice against the needs of the general equality duty.

Guidance on the specific duties, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for Scotland states that it is for authorities themselves to decide how to meet their obligations in relation to assessing impact. The Exclusion Policies and Procedures were first published in 2011, before the Moray Council developed the form and procedures currently used for equality impact assessments.

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