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The Dickson Plan is a school transfer system implemented in North County Armagh in Northern Irelandmarker. It is a two tier system in which the majority of pupils in the Craigavon Borough Council Area and parts of Armagh City and District Council Area attend Junior High Schools for 3 years before transferring to Senior High Schools to complete their compulsory education in Key Stage 4. It does not exclude the possibility of academic selection at age 11 through the 11 Plus exam, whereupon pupils may proceed to the grammar school system on completion of primary education or carry on to other secondary schools. For those who opt out of the 11 Plus or don't pass it, they may go through an academic selection process at age 14 by taking internal exams that are set by the individual grammar schools, and entering the grammar sector at age 14.

The Dickson Plan will not be affected by the education reforms being pressed by Northern Ireland Education Minister, Catriona Ruane, which require the controversial removal of academic selection at age 11 in the rest of Northern Ireland.


  1. Southern Education and Library Board - Post Primary Education
  2. Principals happy Dickson Plan has suvived Ruane's reforms

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