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Expert panel vows to help struggling pupils in Northern Ireland

An expert panel tasked with finding ways to help struggling students in Northern Ireland used its first meeting to promise real-life solutions.

Members of the new panel and the Education Minister Peter Weir met for the first time yesterday at Cregagh Primary School.

Panel chair Dr Noel Purdy from Stranmillis College acknowledged much of the focus on underachievement had focused on Protestant working-class boys but said many groups were affected.