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Exams standoff is a lesson in Northern Ireland's uneasy relationship with selection tests

Mark Bain



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Working: Exams for children in NI have been argued over by politicians for years

Working: Exams for children in NI have been argued over by politicians for years

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Working: Exams for children in NI have been argued over by politicians for years

For more than 60 years the 11-plus exam was used by grammar schools in Northern Ireland to decide which P7 pupils they would welcome through their gates.

The Second World War had just ended when, in 1947, children aged 10 and 11 first picked up their pencils to vie for a place at what were regarded as the best schools in the country.

The post-war UK government's Education Act was a legacy of the outgoing Conservative president of the Board of Education, R.A. 'Rab' Butler.


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