An all-time high of 13,865 primary school pupils are set to take either the transfer tests in Northern Ireland over the coming weeks.
That means around 64% of all Year 7 pupils will be sitting the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) and the GL Assessment tests over the coming weeks.
The unregulated tests, now in their fourth year, are used by Northern Ireland’s 68 grammar schools to admit around 9,000 Year 8 pupils.
The Department of Education has been criticised for moving the delivery of the P7 pupils post-primary placement letters from a Saturday to a Tuesday.
In previous years the letters arrived on a Saturday which give parents the weekend to help their children come to terms with any disappointment. This was changed, when last year a significant amount of letters didn't arrive in the Saturday post. As it was a bank holiday weekend, it was Tuesday before any late letters arrived or Education & Library Boards were contactable.
The Belfast Telegraph has reported that Primary Schools that prepare pupils for unregulated transfer tests are unlikely to face disciplinary action.
The threat of being hauled before a Curriculum Complaints Tribunal — and being reported to the Department of Education by inspectors — has been hanging over the heads of Northern Ireland’s 800 primary schools. But it has emerged that no school has ever been brought before a Curriculum Complaints Tribunal since it was enshrined in law 20 years ago.
Letters containing results are to arrive today (Saturday 4th February).
In order to cover any cases where the CEA results letters do not arrive, the AQE Office will be open for telephone callers seeking results on Saturday afternoon 4th February from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. Phone: (028) 90753746
We currently do not have any information on what to do if the PPTC GL results fail to arrive.
If anyone has any information or contact details, could they please post them in the forums.
A Catholic grammar school was responsible for a “serious security breach” of post-primary entrance papers sat by primary seven children, a Department of Education independent investigation found.
Education Minister John O’Dowd said yesterday: “The investigation concluded that, while there had been a breach of post-test security, there was no evidence that any child had either been advantaged or disadvantaged by this breach.
“The investigation concluded, however, that the potential for a serious breach had been demonstrated and still exists.”