Are there more children in our primary schools and how does this effect grammar school transfer test
The Belfast Telegraph report that there are more children attending primary school than at any time since 1999. Currently there are more than 173,000 pupils in classes P1 to P7 – an increase of more than 2,000 on last year. The figures were revealed in a Department of Education report, which gives basic details of provisional enrolment figures for schools and for children in funded pre-school education for 2017/18.
Despite an increase in pupil numbers the number of schools continues to drop by 22 primary schools (including preparatory departments) and nine non-grammar schools from 2013.