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Decision time: Grammar schools are deciding how to select next year’s pupils

Decision time: Grammar schools are deciding how to select next year’s pupils

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Decision time: Grammar schools are deciding how to select next year’s pupils

Grammar schools have just two days left to inform the Education Authority about how they will select next year's new pupils.

But despite calls from a group of 25 youth charities for urgent and clear instructions on what the criteria should look like, schools are largely being left to their own devices.

And in many cases the decision on whether a child could attend a chosen school could come down to the drawing of lots, with many who are oversubscribed likely to cite random selection as a key part of the process.


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