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1st September 2008 AQE  Bloomfield leads his constantly changing “rebel schools” in the quest for social selection.

Rewind a year when Mr Bloomfield writes in the Belfast Telegraph: “The time is rapidly approaching when our locally-elected politicians must reach crucial decisions about the future of our education system.

“It is, however, of particular urgency to clarify the arrangements for transfer from primary to secondary education.  (perhaps he will do this for Inst?)

“With the achievement of devolution, the threat to impose a statutory ban upon any inclusion of academic merit amongst acceptable entrance criteria will be removed.”

Sir Kenneth said both parents and teachers need to know sooner rather than later the range of future acceptable entrance criteria to be used by schools.

“Many of those who have set their faces against any consideration of academic performance or potential have sought to persuade us that the sole alternative is ‘parental choice’.

“The reality is that an alternative system heavily influenced by considerations of location and proximity will serve to exclude many children from schools their parents would choose, and swing the pendulum away from merit and towards financial means,” he claimed.

“Let these zealots consider the unseemly scramble for places in many parts of England, often heavily influenced by the means to acquire expensive property close to a popular and highly-regarded school.”

Sir Kenneth speaks about the possibility of post-primary entrance tests replacing primary school “exit tests”.

“A pupil profile, if meaningful and reliable, could provide for parents and potential receiving schools a useful summary of a pupil’s performance in primary education and facilitate the informed matching of pupils to schools.”

He said that if politicians cannot agree on a new system, secondary schools could use common entrance exams to determine entry.

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 Another Bloomfield Tragedy of Error.

 Parental and indeed pupil choice, informed by a reliable and objective test meeting international standards is all that is required. Sir Ken seems to have difficulty in riding his two horses, Privilege and Incompetence.

Q. When will Sir Ken renounce the Pupil Profile?

A. When Wilfred Mulryne does.