AQE: Transfer tests ‘fairer than selection by wealth’

Transfer tests are fairer for pupils than “selection by parental wealth,” according to the Association for Quality Education (AQE), one of the two test providers.

It also said questions on the AQE test in 2020 would be “reviewed” to take account of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC reported.

Several Catholic grammars in Northern Ireland have said they will not use the transfer test to admit pupils in 2021.

Those Catholic grammars had used the GL Assessment test set by the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC).

None of the 34 grammar schools which use AQE tests have yet announced plans to stop using academic selection for a year.

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