Catriona on guidelines: take them or leave them, as necessary…

I’m not going to comment on Catriona Ruane taking her kids out of school for three days. Well, I’ve been there myself, done that, and got the tee shirt. But one thought occured to me when watching Let’s Talk on Thursday was that if it is okay for parents to breach the guidelines on this matter; what about schools who choose to retain selective education in spite of the department’s advice. It’s a point I think has been made by the DUP’s education spokesman, Mervyn Storey. The principle already pre-existed of course. The Minister has just given it confirmation.

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