Academic Selection and the Transfer Test

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This paper will examine the transfer testing that is still in operation across most of Northern Ireland (NI). This selection process is used to determine whether 11-year-old children attend either a non-selective post-primary school or a selective grammar school. Despite both kinds of schools delivering an identical curriculum and preparing learners for the same high-stakes examinations, one set of schools is perceived as being more academic than the other. We look at the background to this structural division and the impact of a selective system on young people and on wider society in NI.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIntegrated Education Fund
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Mar 2021


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