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Schools need more freedom

Grammar schools are right to highlight problems with the Department of Education's 'entitlement framework', which requires all secondary schools to provide a broad range of courses in both academic and practical disciplines.

There is a very real danger that forcing schools to provide courses which only a tiny number of pupils want to study will stretch resources for key subjects to breaking-point.

It is healthy and beneficial for some schools to focus on a more academic curriculum, while others provide a more vocational emphasis. The key is to allow schools to get on with doing what they do best.

Give teachers and schools the freedom to provide the best education they can.

ANNIKA NESTIUS-BROWN

Bangor, Co Down

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