Transfer Test - Equality Impact Assessment

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Dear Department of Education (Northern Ireland),

Please provide a copy of the Equality Impact Assessment undertaken in relation to Primary 6 pupils regarding the sitting/not sitting and alternatives to the Transfer Tests for 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs P Weir

Coulter, Kieran, Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Mrs Weir

 

Please see attached in relation to your recent request.

 

Kieran Coulter

Information Management Team

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Dear Kieran
My name is Patricia Weir. My eldest is doing the transfer test in November/December. He has a disability and as his parent I want to know the outcome of the EQIA that you have done for children like him given the school closures. Hardly an unreasonable request I don't think?

Furthermore, just because I have the same surname as your Minister hardly means I am not a real person! It is a common enough name in Northern Ireland for Pete's sake!

Thanks
Patricia

Coulter, Kieran, Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Mrs Weir,

 

The Department is required to check the validity of requests when
received, I accept that your name is Mrs Weir and we will process your
requests.

 

Kieran Coulter

Information Management Team

Room 5

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Balloo Road

BANGOR

BT19 7PR

 

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Coulter, Kieran, Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Mrs Weir

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your email requesting information relating to  –

 

a copy of the Equality Impact Assessment undertaken in relation to Primary
6 pupils regarding the sitting/not sitting and alternatives to the
Transfer Tests for 2020.

 

Your request was received on 15/06/2020 and it will be dealt with under
the terms of the above legislation.

 

The leaflet attached tells you about the legislation and the procedures
the Department will follow in handling your request.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me quoting the
reference number above in any future communications.

 

Kind Regards

 

Kieran Coulter

Information Management Team

Room 5

Rathgael House

Balloo Road

BANGOR

BT19 7PR

 

Telephone - 02891279429 (DD. 59429)

Email - [1][email address]

 

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Dempster, Sam, Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

Mrs Weir

FOI request reference: DE/2020-0066.

Thank you for your e-mail requesting a copy of the Equality Impact Assessment in relation to Year 6 children sitting the transfer tests in 2020.

I can advise you that the transfer tests have not been regulated by the Department since 2009 (the last 11+ tests were sat in November 2008). The tests are now the responsibility of the two test providers AQE Ltd and PPTC Ltd who provide the results of their tests to those schools who wish to use academic selection as part of their admissions criteria. This is a private arrangement. The transfer tests are not Departmental policy and the decision about running the tests this year is solely one for the providers. In these circumstances, the Department does not consider an Equality Impact Assessment is necessary. The decision on whether or not to use the results of the tests is a matter for individual selective schools and you will be aware that a number have suspended the use of academic criteria for this year. Those schools will publish their alterative admissions criteria later this year.

If you are unhappy with the level of service you have received in relation to your request, you may ask for an internal review within two calendar months of the date of this e-mail. Please write to the Departmental Information Manager, Rathgael House, Balloo Rd, Bangor, BT19 7PR, or send an e-mail to [email address], if you wish to make a complaint.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a review of our original decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Should you have any queries about this e-mail, please contact me quoting the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind Regards

Sam Dempster
Curriculum and Assessment Team
Department of Education
[email address]

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