Education minister announces U-turn on transfer test preparation in primary schools | The Transfer Test
Follow us on Facebook

Information & Help with the Northern Ireland Transfer Test

Education minister announces U-turn on transfer test preparation in primary schools

Education minister announces U-turn on transfer test preparation

Education minister announces U-turn on transfer test preparation in primary schools

As reported by the BBC and the Belfast Telegraph, primary schools are now free to prepare pupils for the unregulated transfer tests after Education Minister Peter Weir reversed a long-standing departmental policy.

Mr Weir announced that new guidance will be issued to schools which will allow them the option of preparing P6 and P7 children for transfer tests within class hours.

"This is actually about providing freedom to schools. They now have the freedom to choose whether to prepare their pupils, what level of help and assistance they can give in terms of preparation tests."
He said his decision to allow primary schools to formally prepare pupils for unofficial tests was "reflecting the reality of what is happening out on the ground, rather than trying to pretend that essentially, testing does not exist".

However, Mr Weir said no school would be "compelled" to carry out the preparation.

The education minister has also decided against re-introducing a common, department-run 11-plus test, admitting there was not enough political support to bring back an official exam.

Full Articles
BBC News
Belfast Telegraph
Department of Education