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PPTC say plans for a single transfer test have received "overwhelming support"

PPTC say plans for a single transfer test have received "overwhelming support"

The PPTC have claimed that plans for a single transfer test in Northern Ireland have received "overwhelming support"
the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

The PPTC, which operates the GL assessment, said in a statement yesterday it was pleased to report "there was overwhelming support from its schools for progressing towards a single test" based on the proposed model.
The Association of Quality Education (AQE) runs the other exam option, but a spokesperson said yesterday the organisation was not yet in a position to comment.

The proposed test would combine elements of AQE and PPTC tests with multiple choice and open response in English and mathematics.
Pupils would sit two papers of one hour each on successive Saturdays, with a supplementary paper for those children missing one paper due to illness or other circumstances.
A fee of £20 per pupil would be charged, with an exemption for children on free school meals.
An Irish language version of the tests would also be provided.

The DUP's education spokesman Peter Weir MLA welcomed the "positive tone" of the PPTC statement. "I know that PPTC and AQE have worked over a long period of time to bring this about and it is something that I have encouraged since being education minister," he said.
"I am in support of academic selection, but whatever anyone's views on the subject, any realistic person realises it is here to stay and it clearly makes sense to try to avoid pupils being put through two systems, leading to five individual exams.
"A sensible solution is in the interests of pupils, parents and schools. Experience tells us that there is still a long way to go, but this seems to be an important step forward in finally resolving this issue."

Full Belfast Telegraph article