The 'acting' minister for Education in Northern Ireland has decided to stop the 11+ process for Grammar schools. In essence, this means that in time grammars will become obsolete. Could the same thing happen here?
Last 11-plus transfer test will be in 2008
Current Primary 2 Pupils will be the last to sit it
Children 11-14 will study a broad and balanced curriculum
At 14 the main decision about courses will be made
Parents can opt immediately not to enter children for the test
Grammar schools can opt not to use the test for admission
Parents and pupils will identify the schools to attend in their local area
School choice decision will be informed by a pupil profile
Schools will offer courses under an Entitlement Framework system
All schools will provide a sound general education up to the age 14
Schools will offer students at 14 at least 24 courses
A third of courses must be academic and one third vocational
Thank God I'm already in a grammar school.
I don't have a problem with the scrapping the 11+, but they have to find something suitable to replace it, which they haven't.
I would go crazy if 1/3 of my subjects had to be vocational!
Im totally against this,
the abolsihing of the 11+ and in efefct the abolishing of grammar schools will result in GCSE & A-level performances falling.
Many other countries envy the education system in northern ireland, they won't for much longer if Jane Kennedy has her way.
Northern Ieland is well known for outperforming england,scotland & wales as far as GCSE & A-Level results ago, I fear this will no longer be the case come 2008
If there is no academic selection, those who want to learn and do well will be held back by those who don't.
I hope this does not happen to those across the water in the rest of the UK,
the 'acting' education minister in NI looks set to ruin the education system,
I mean what kind of crap education system sorts people into schools by postcode????
Sounds like a positive step. The idea of telling children that they are not cut out for academic study on the basis of one test taking at the age of 11 seems pretty ridiculous to me.
[Clare: that feminist motto: some of us are getting bored with it. Why not change it for this one instead: ' when a woman ****s a man off it's self-expression, when the roles are reversed it's abuse..'