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Academic Selection and the NICCY

Ms S Ramsey asked the Minister of Education what correspondence she has received or meetings she has attended with the Children’s Commissioner in relation to academic selection. (AQO 2537/09)





I have met with the Children’s Commissioner on a number of occasions on various education issues, and the issue of post-primary transfer was discussed at a recent meeting on 19 February 2009. The issue has also been raised in correspondence with the Commissioner and I support her view that “selection of children at 11 does not work”.

Caitriona Ruane, Minister for Education

Much like Ms Lewsley’s attempts to outlaw parental discipline of their children didn’t work,costing the taxpayer about £200,000