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Academic Selection

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost is of abolishing academic selection in Northern Ireland. (79998)

The abolition of academic selection is one element of a whole package of reforms of post-primary education. The focus of the new arrangements is on the educational needs of the child. The new arrangements will be implemented locally by schools and school managing authorities working together, taking account of local needs and circumstances. Until local arrangements are developed, the financial implications cannot be assessed. £24.7 million has been made available over the period 2005-06 to 2007-08 to support the preparation for and phased introduction of, key elements of the new post-primary arrangements.