Northern Ireland

Parents end court challenge to transfer test provisions

Children across NI are due to take the AQE grammar school transfer test on Saturday
Image caption Children across NI are due to take the AQE grammar school transfer test on Saturday

The parents of a special needs pupil due to sit the grammar school transfer test have ended their legal challenge over the level of special provisions offered.

Proceedings had been issued at the High Court in Belfast against the body which runs one of the unofficial entrance exams, claiming discrimination on the grounds of disability.

It was the first case of its kind since the Association for Quality Education began to oversee tests in place of the abolished 11-plus exam.

The child at the centre of the challenge is among thousands of pupils due to begin this year's assessments on Saturday. They will sit three test papers at grammar schools across Northern Ireland.

The child, who cannot be identified, has been assessed by an educational psychologist as having "unique" circumstances, a judge was told. The exact nature of the disability involved was not disclosed.

According to the child's lawyers an offer of an extra 15 minutes to complete the one-hour test was insufficient. Additional access arrangements were also regarded as unsatisfactory.

At an earlier court hearing, it was alleged that there had been a failure, or refusal, to make reasonable adjustments.

Further arguments were due to take place on Friday.

However, senior counsel for the child's family instead confirmed that the case was not continuing.

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