Grammar school academic selection an 'annual charade'

Related Stories

A group of principals has called on schools to stop academic selection.

A hard-hitting statement describes the testing of 10 and 11-year-olds as an "annual charade".

Grammar schools have now used their own exams in place of the eleven plus to select pupils two years running.

The Catholic Principals Association, which claims to represent the majority of Catholic primary and secondary schools, says grammar schools should not "pick and choose" their pupils.

Instead it urges them to embrace a fully inclusive system.

It has a particular message for Catholic grammar schools, which show little sign of moving towards the end of academic selection, against the wishes of the bishops.

It says the use of unregulated tests by those schools flies in the face of advice from the commission for Catholic education.

The statement is timed to coincide with letters to parents telling them which schools have accepted their children for the next academic year.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Northern Ireland stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Need for speed

    Audi unveils its fastest production car ever - ahead of its Geneva debut


  • A robot holding a table legClick Watch

    The robots who build flat-pack furniture - teaching machines to work collaboratively

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.