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school pupilsMore children are attending primary school here than at any time since 1999. (Belfast Telegraph 13th December 2017)

There are more than 173,000 pupils in classes P1 to P7 - a rise of more than 2,000 on last year.

The figures were revealed in a Department of Education report, which details the basic provisional enrolment figures for schools and for children in funded pre-school education for 2017/18.

The data was taken from the school enrolments census, which was conducted in October 2017.

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A rise in the number of primary seven pupils taking transfer tests across Northern Ireland is causing pressures in schools leading to some pupils facing long journeys to sit thir exams. (Belfast News Letter 13 October 2017)

Pupils hoping to go to one of Northern Ireland’s grammar schools can opt to sit a test accepted by their school of choice with either of two examination bodies, GL and AQE, and in some cases both.

One school, Wallace High School, say they have made additional places available in light of increased pressures.

Earlier this week, Lisburn mum Lisa Pauley had said she was told there was no room for for her son to sit the test at Friends or Wallace High School and that he would have to travel to Dungannon on November 11.

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(Irish News 03/12/2016) Radical plans to create a single 11-plus exam have already run into difficulties with a key architect claiming agreement is "almost impossible".

As thousands of pupils today sit their final unregulated test, an influential group has raised issues about efforts to simplify the process.

The Association of Quality Education (AQE) said while it shared the desire for a common test, it had reservations.

For seven years, schools have run their own entrance exams. The last state-sponsored 11-plus was held in November 2008.

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