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DE has published a consultation paper


The Department of Education (DE) has published a consultation paper on an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of a proposal to discontinue funding for teacher substitute cover in respect of the transfer procedure to take effect from Transfer 2012. This change will require the Common Funding Scheme to be amended and this will be subject to separate consultation.

This proposal forms part of a wider drive to achieve savings within the education budget and reflects the Department’s view that it may be possible to develop an efficient alternative to the standard transfer interview as a means of providing advice and support to P7 parents during the transfer procedure.

Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires DE, as a Public Authority, when carrying out its functions to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between nine categories of persons. DE has assessed that implementing this proposal may result in adverse impacts to certain Section 75 groups and sets out possible mitigating actions in the consultation paper.

The consultation period ends on 9 March 2011.


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