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Far-fetched and lacking facts

Published 06/03/2010

Andrew McKeever (Write Back, March 1) asks how a teacher could manage a class with children of different abilities.

It is surprising that he seems completely unaware of three facts.

Firstly, that is exactly what happens in all primary school classes. Secondly, many of our grammar schools currently accept pupils across the entire grade range (A-D) in order to fill their quota.

Thirdly, several non-selective secondary schools have educated pupils of all abilities, from those with learning difficulties to those who gained admission to Oxbridge.

Children in the same school can clearly follow different progression routes.

The notion that academically bright children are being held back in all those other countries which do not have selection at the age of 11 is rather far-fetched.

FW

Belfast

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