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Secondary School System

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future of selection in Northern Ireland’s secondary school system. (79748)

The Draft Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, to be debated later today, contains a provision banning academic selection in Northern Ireland after the 2008 Transfer Tests. This will be effective from 25 November if the Northern Ireland Assembly is not restored before that date. If it is restored by 24 November a vote will be required in the Assembly to ban academic selection.