Primary schools call for test suspension: reports

There has been no government announcement that grammar school entry tests in England will be cancelled this autumn but primary principals from 24 primary schools in Northern Ireland have called for transfer tests to be suspended.

The group includes heads from Bangor, Holywood, Millisle, Ballywalter, Donaghadee, Carrowdore and Portavogie, according to the BBC.

In an open letter they said “we do not think that the normal academic tests should be carried out in these abnormal circumstances,” the BBC reported.

Five Catholic grammars in Newry and Kilkeel had previously said they would not use the tests for 2021.

Northern Ireland’s biggest integrated post-primary, Lagan College in Belfast, has also made the same decision.


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