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Year of Faith 2012 - 2013

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March

The Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education (NICCE) has released its policy statement on Post-Primary transfer for Catholic Schools.

The recommendations follow the work that has been undertaken by the Working Group, representing all Catholic Post-Primary schools, established by NICCE to provide advice on transfer. It is hoped that this statement will bring clarity to the issue of Post-Primary transfer and will help address the concerns held by parents, pupils and schools.
According to Bishop Donal McKeown, Chair NICCE, 'This is a clear statement from the Catholic Trustees that academic selection at age eleven has no place in a modern education system. The new arrangements will not damage excellence in any of our schools. Together they will provide equality of access to meet the needs of all children.'

Cardinal Séan Brady said, 'I recognise the widespread concerns of parents about this uncertain and disruptive situation. I welcome the emphasis placed by the Working Group on a unified response from Catholic schools as a means of addressing these concerns. It is important that the family of Catholic Schools act in a spirit of interdependence and solidarity in responding to this and other educational issues.'

'I appeal to parents not to buy into the idea that only one type of school provides a quality education. Every school has the potential to offer a full range of future pathways for their pupils. Some parents may need to look again at their attitude to this issue, to the assumptions they are making about which schools can provide an excellent education for their child.

To read the NICCE statement in full click here

 
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