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					Belfast Education and Library Board North Eastern Education and Library Board South Eastern Education and Library Board Southern Education and Library Board Western Education and Library Board

Equality Consultation Questionnaire on the Five Education and Library Boards’ Resource Allocation Plans 2005/06

We would like to hear your views. This questionnaire may be used to help you make a written response.

Written responses or the completed questionnaire should be returned to: John Curran Inter Board Services Manager SELB 3 Charlemont Place The Mall, Armagh BT61 9AX Tel: 028 3751 2347 Texphone: 027 3741 5414 Email: john.curran@selb.org or Deirdre Vaugh Equality Co-ordinator Boards/Staff Commission for Education and Library Boards Forestview, Purdy’s Lane Belfast BT8 7AR Tel: 028 9049 1461 Typetalk: 08001 028 9049 1461 Email: deirdre.vaugh@scelb.org.uk

Please forward your views, if possible, by 17 June 2005 (responses will be accepted up to 24 June, 2005) If you or your organisation would like a meeting to present your views on the equality screening exercise please contact either John or Deirdre as indicated above.

This questionnaire can be made available, on request, in alternative formats including in large print, on computer disc, by email, in Braille, on audio-cassette and in minority languages to meet the needs of those people who are not fluent in English.

If you are representing an organisation please complete the following questions: Name of organisation …………………………………………………………………………………………… Name of person responding on behalf of the organisation …………………………………………………. Address of organisation ………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Telephone Number: ………………………………………… Fax: ……………………………................

Email: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Who does your organisation represent? ……………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. SIGNED …………………………………………………………... DATE …………………………………..

1.

Of the policies listed, please identify any which are of particular relev ance or interest to you or your organisation.

2.

Please identify those policies which you feel have significant equality implications. Policy
Para. 8.1 Maintenance of the Boards’ Estates (inter-Board)
Cease all planned maintenance, undertake only Health and Safety and response maintenance.

Comments

Para. 8.2 Efficiency Measures - All Services (inter-Board)

Para. 8.3 Curriculum, Advisory and Support Service (CASS)
(a) CASS: Reduced Support to Schools (interBoard)

(b) Increase/recover costs in the Music Services (inter-Board)

(c) Closure of Drumalla House Outdoor Education Centre (Belfast Board only)

(d) Proposal to close Fleming Fulton Chalet (Belfast Board only)

(e) Proposal to close: (i) Glenwood and St Teresa’s Family Literacy Centre (ii) Glenwood Reading Centre (Belfast Board only)

(f) Cessation of Homework Centre provision (Belfast Board only)

(g) Cease Funding to Specialist Instructors – Youth Service (Belfast Board only)

(h) Early Years Learning Service (Toy and Book Library) (Belfast and South Eastern Boards only)

(i) Alternative Use of Downpatrick Resource Centre (South Eastern Board only)

(j) Closure of Cabra Towers Outdoor Field Study Centre and Relocation of Provision to Ardnabannon Outdoor Centre (South Eastern Board only)

(k) Operation of full cost recovery for Studio On (South Eastern Board only)

(l) Operation of full cost recovery of the Causeway School and either full cost recovery or closure of the Centres at Ballymoney and Ballymena (North Eastern Board only)

Para. 8.4 Special Education
(a) Pupil Support Services (Belfast Board only)

(b) Reduced support for Summer Activity Scheme for Children with Special Needs (South Eastern Board only)

(c) Reduction in Article 56 Budget to Schools (South Eastern Board only)

(d) Education Other than at School (EOTAS) (Southern Board only)

Para. 8.5 Transport
(a) Introduction of Board Minibuses to Replace Taxis and Private Hire (North Eastern, Southern and Western Boards only)

(b) Review of School Crossing Patrols and the application of the LARSOA Guidelines (South Eastern, Southern and Western Boards only)

(c) Withdrawal of Transport at 2.00 p.m. (South Eastern and Southern Boards only)

Para. 8.6 School Catering
(a) To increase the price of school meals (interBoard)

(b) To review charges for staff currently receiving a meal at an abated rate/free (interBoard)

(c) Laundry Allowances (Southern and Western Boards only)

(d) Convert Kitchens to Dining Centres “Efficiency Measures” (Belfast and Western Boards only)

Para. 8.7 Centre Schools
(a) Reduce Centre School Funding (inter-Board)

(b) English and an Additional Language (EAL) (inter-Board)

(c) Swimming Programme (North Eastern and Western Boards only)

(d) Cluster Arrangements (South Eastern Board only)

(e) Withdrawal of assistance to nursery schools in respect of children aged two years (South Eastern Board only)

(f) Reduction in Curriculum Reserve/Class Size/ Contingency Funding (South Eastern Board only)

(g) Rationalisation (South Eastern Board only)

(h) Withdrawal of Small Grants (South Eastern Board only)

Para. 8.8 School Library
Reduce book funding (inter-Board)

3.

If you feel that any of the policies “screened out” require an equality impact assessment please state your reasons for this bearing in mind the four screening criteria:    Is there any evidence, or other reason to believe, that there is a higher or lower participation or uptake by different groups? Is there any evidence, or other reason to believe that different groups have different needs, experiences, issues and priorities in relation to the particular policy? Is there an opportunity to better promote equality of opportunity or better community relations by altering the policy or working with others in government or in the wider community? Have consultations with relevant groups, organisations or individuals indicated that particular policies create problems which are specific to them? Policy Reason for impact Assessment

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4.

Any other comments?

Please return to:
John Curran Inter Board Services Manager SELB 3 Charlemont Place The Mall, Armagh BT61 9AX Tel: 028 3751 2347 Texphone: 027 3741 5414 Email: john.curran@selb.org or Deirdre Vaugh Equality Co-ordinator Boards/Staff Commission for Education and Library Boards Forestview, Purdy’s Lane Belfast BT8 7AR Tel: 028 9049 1461 Typetalk: 08001 028 9049 1461 Email: deirdre.vaugh@scelb.org.uk

Closing date: 17 June 2005 (however responses will be accepted up to 24 June 2005)