Weir: Best wishes to P7 pupils sitting the transfer tests

Date published: 12 November 2016

Education Minister Peter Weir wishes all P7 pupils in Northern Ireland good luck as they prepare to sit the transfer tests in the coming weeks.

Education Minister Peter Weir

As with previous years, P7 pupils who chose to, sit up to five tests in an effort to secure a place at a selective Grammar School of their choice.

Speaking as the first of the AQE tests takes place the Minister said:

“As another school term gets underway, thoughts quickly move to the transfer tests that many pupils across Northern Ireland will prepare for and sit in the coming weeks. Many pupils and indeed parents will be full of anticipation today as the first of the tests gets underway and I wish them well and hope they get the outcome they want.”

In September, Minister Weir issued new guidance to schools endorsing the use of academic selection. The guidance enables Primary Schools to prepare and support their pupils through the transfer test process.

In conclusion, the Minister said:

“The prospect of moving to ‘big school’ often brings a sense of excitement as well as some nervousness. We have many good post-primary schools delivering excellent education across Northern Ireland and I wish all pupils the best, for whatever school they choose to go to.”

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