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2008-09-29 09:00:44

By ED CURRAN I don't think the Stormont Executive was ever invented to survive your education policy and it is worth asking the question: Can it? People are saying they are confused. They don't understand what you, as Education Minister, are doing. Primary school children don't know what will befall them next year. What kind of exam or assessment awaits them? How many of them will be admitted to grammar schools? And then there are the 11-year-olds of 2010 and 2011. What's their future?...

2008-09-25 09:00:43

By Kathryn Torney EVERY child in this picture is among the thousands of primary six pupils in Northern Ireland caught up in the stalemate and confusion caused by what will replace the 11-plus. Neither the children - from Brooklands Primary School in Dundonald - nor their parents know how they will transfer to post- primary schools next year and their teachers do not know what to tell them to calm them. A number of principals have told the Belfast Telegraph of their mounting frustration...

2008-09-09 12:00:31

By KATHRYN TORNEY GRAMMAR school representatives have rejected a proposal from a number of their colleagues to scrap academic selection at 11 and replace it with selection at 14. The Governing Bodies Association, which represents the province's 52 voluntary grammar schools, met on Friday to discuss a paper written by three of its members. The Belfast Telegraph has already revealed details of the document - which backs the scrapping of a selective test in P7 and instead proposes that...

2008-07-16 06:00:38

By Owen Amos What was the 11-Plus? And how hard was it? A new book features hundreds of genuine 11-Plus questions so a new generation can try it for themselves. Owen Amos gets swotting AND today?s pupils think they suffer exam stress. The 11-Plus was the ultimate high-stakes test. Pass and you went to grammar school, learning literature, maths and other Hard Things, allowing a glimpse of university?s ivory towers. Fail and you went to secondary modern, learning practical skills. The...

2008-06-19 06:00:28

By Kathryn Torney The Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) will be used by the schools to determine their first year intake after the 11-plus test is scrapped later this year. An information pack has been sent out to all primary principals containing the expected timetable, and a guide for parents. The pupils currently in P5 will be the first to transfer to post- primary schools under the new system. Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has put forward a proposal to phase out academic...

2008-06-18 12:00:47

By Kathryn Torney Every primary school in Northern Ireland was today due to receive packs from the Association for Quality Education (AQE) relating to the exams which will be taken for the first time in the autumn of 2009 by pupils currently in P5. The grammar schools have decided to plough ahead with developing the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) because they say the Department of Education has not brought forward any satisfactory alternative. The CEA will consist of three one-hour...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.