Grammar-school Admissions Criteria

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 6th December 2021.

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Photo of Pat Sheehan Pat Sheehan Sinn Féin 2:45 pm, 6th December 2021

Last year, there were numerous reports of post-primary schools using admissions criteria that ran counter to the guidance from the Department. Despite the distress and upset caused to children and their parents, there is no sanction or repercussion for schools that do not adhere to the guidance. Is it not time for the guidance to be put on a statutory footing so that our schoolchildren are protected and supported?