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Education Minister meets post-primary principles

19 February, 2009 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has addressed over 40 post-primary Principals to discuss Transfer 2010.

The Minister spoke at the Annual Conference of the Belfast Association of Post-Primary Principals in Ballygally Castle Hotel. Touching on a range of subjects, the Minister highlighted the excellent work in our education system, but highlighted the vast under-achievement that still exists.

The Minister said: "We need to continually strive to raise standards in our education system. While we have high levels of achievement, these are countered by a very wide attainment gap.

"Why should it be the case that some children get more opportunities to achieve their potential than others? Every child should have the chance to achieve their dreams and I am determined to stamp out the inequalities that remain in the north's education system. We will put equality at the centre of our education system so every child gets a fair chance."

Speaking about Transfer 2010, the Minister said: "In relation to the post-primary admissions process, in 2010 there will be no test provided by my Department and I have issued Transfer 2010 guidance to all schools for consultation. The guidance clearly sets out how children can transfer to post-primary school without the need for academic selection.

"Now is the time to grasp this opportunity for change and realise that we are on the cusp of creating an education system which is equal, stable and allows our children to reach their potential without the ordeal of assessment for the purposes of admission.

"I ask all post-primary schools to consider the guidance and the whole reform agenda carefully and join me in creating a system tailored to the needs of all our children in this millennium. I urge you to respond to the consultation, which finishes on 27 April 2009."

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