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Education and the Conflict in Northern Ireland

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Facets of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

Abstract

A distinctive characteristic of the education system in Northern Ireland is segregation. The system is segregated by religion in that most children attend predominantly Protestant (‘controlled’) schools or Catholic (‘maintained’) schools; by ability (and some would argue social background) in that a selection system operates at age 11 to decide which children attend grammar schools (more than one-third of children in second level education); and often by gender (particularly in second-level education where a quarter of the secondary schools and almost half of all grammar schools are single-sex).

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Smith, A. (1995). Education and the Conflict in Northern Ireland. In: Dunn, S. (eds) Facets of the Conflict in Northern Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-23829-3_11

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