Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, Chair of Governors at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution has just swimmingly announced plans for delivery of what the DUP described as “an unregulated test” to fill the vacuum created by the ending of the current 11-plus. The doyen of the disadvantaged aka The Association for Quality Education have sent materials to primary schools just as the school year ends thus ensuring a further three months of anxiety for parents and pupils seeking straightforward answers.

One glaring equality issue surrounding use of the AQE-promoted tests is highlighted by Sir Kenneth’s grand statement  reported in the Belfast Telegraph ” some may allocate places in rank order while others may decide to use different criteria to allocate places among pupils THEY judge as suited to a grammar school place” Belfast Telegraph June 18, 2008. Nothing elitist there then just raw social selection.

No doubt Simpkins minor’s parents will be delighted.