Nature abhors a vacuum…

The BBC claims it has learned that “Academic selection cannot be maintained in Northern Ireland without cross-party support” and quotes the DUP’s Sammy Wilson’s interpretation of the situation that will emerge with a rewriting of the law to, as I understand it, not ban academic selection but with the universally applied 11-plus exam also being abolished. But there is another solution to the vacuum created by both events coming to pass and the Assembly failing to agree an alternative. Surely individual schools could require prospective pupils to sit an exam prior to acceptance? Personally my preferred option would be to allow post-primary schools to view the Pupil Profiles.. as I’ve suggested before..