Page last updated at 05:36 GMT, Thursday, 28 May 2009 06:36 UK

Heads in talks over school tests


Primary school principals from across Northern Ireland are to meet later to discuss their concerns about the proposed grammar school entrance tests.

Details of examinations in English and maths to be held later this year have already been released.

Thursday's conference has been organised by teachers' unions.

Brendan Harron of INTO claimed some schools are being forced to consider abandoning the curriculum to focus on the tests.

"INTO has received a large number of calls from principals as grammar schools attempt to place pressure on schools in the primary sector to conform to their proposed regime of academic testing for transfer.

"This is forcing schools to consider abandoning the revised curriculum," he said.

Mr Harron said the conference in Belfast was the beginning of a campaign to make sure voices of primary principals were heard.

The final 11-plus was held in Northern Ireland's schools last November and the way in which children currently in primary six will transfer to second-level education remains unclear.

Some grammar schools have released details of their alternative to the 11-plus.

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