11+ ….14+ … what’s your call?

December 4, 2007

At last a decision on an educational matter of substance … or is it? Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has announced an end to educational selection at 11 with the introduction of some form of decision making process by children at the age of 14. But.. did you ever get the feeling that the battle is only just starting?

lumen.jpgFor one thing the grammar schools are not going to like this and the minister’s suggestion that their funding could be in danger will really stir some anger. The minister said that although she understands grammar schools may need time to adjust to a new system if they choose to run independent admissions arrangements, they may not get government funding. Whoa…… is that the sound of girding of loins I hear? The grammar school have done a fabulous jobs under the 11+ system but to believe they will back down, and throw away the privilege they enjoy, is pretty fanciful. I predict a lot of squirming and lobbying by these schools, their parents and alumni. Watch this space.

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11+ : Here we go again!

June 7, 2007

Just when we thought a decision had been made comes this report in the Belfast Telegraph: Ulster school pupils facing uncertain future . It appears that Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has decided to wait on the Assembly to make a firm decision on academic selection before she issues the consultation document promised on how over-subscribed schools determine their intake after the

11-plus is scrapped next year. This was due to go out for public consultation months ago. (Personally, I worry about the meeting of the word “firm” here – given that I seem to remember Martin McGuinness telling us the exam was gone!)

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