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Education Minister Peter Weir

The DUP’s new Education Minister Peter Weir has told the News Letter he will look at ways to make the use of academic selection across Northern Ireland easier for pupils, parents and schools.

PPTC GL Assessment

Registration forms are now available for parents to register their child for the PPTC's GL Assessment.

Registration Packs are available from PPTC Assessment Centres or their websites, the PPTC website, or links are on our PPTC (GL Assessment) page.

The closing date for registration is 2pm on Friday the 23rd of September 2016.

AQE

Registration for the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) opens today.
If you wish for your child to sit the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) you must register them before the closing date using a 2016-17 AQE Registration Form.

You can download the Registration Form from the AQE website, from an AQE Grammar School or from the AQE Office. Some Primary Schools may also be able to give you a form.

The 2015 intake information for Northern Ireland Grammar Schools requiring either the AQE or the GL Assessment have been published by the Belfast Telegraph. They have also been added to our Schools Intake Information page.

A report into the effects of deprivation on educational achievement has recommended the end of the current system of academic selection in Northern Ireland the BBC has reported.

The report - Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation (Iliad) - was commissioned by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.
The report has yet to be published, however a draft copy has been seen by the BBC.

PPTC GL Assessment

Application forms are now available for parents to register their child for the PPTC's GL Assessment.

Registration Packs are available from PPTC Assessment Centres or their websites, the PPTC website, or links are on our PPTC (GL Assessment) page.

The closing date for applications is 2pm on Friday the 25th of September 2015.

AQE

Application forms are now available for parents to register their child for the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA).

You can download the Registration Form from the AQE website, from an AQE Grammar School or from the AQE Office. Some Primary Schools may also be able to give you a form. Photocopies/black & white printed forms are perfectly acceptable.

The closing date for applications is Friday the 11th of September 2015.

AQE Dates 2015/16

The AQE have announced their dates for the 2015/16 cycle.

Registration opens on Tuesday the 5th of May 2015 and closes on Friday the 11th of September 2015. Registration forms will be made available from the 1st of May 2015.
The 3 assessments will take place on Saturday the 7th, 21st and 28th of November 2015. Results will be posted to arrive on Saturday 30th January 2016.

The 2014 intake information for Northern Ireland Grammar Schools requiring either the AQE or the GL Assessment have been added to our Schools Intake Information page.

The stats include the highest & lowest grades/scores accepted to gain entry into Grammar Schools in 2014 as well as the total number of children that applied for each school, how many were their 1st preference school and how many were accepted.

Peter Robinson supports single Transfer Test

Peter Robinson has promised his support for efforts to bring about a single transfer test next year the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Robinson predicted that academic selection was here to stay but a single test should replace the current two.

Mr Robinson's party is committed to selection. He lambasted the Department of Education, which has had three Sinn Fein ministers since it was set up in 1999, for failing to accommodate the wishes of the grammar schools.

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