PPTC was informed on the evening of Monday 4th January 2021 by sources close to the N.I. Executive that the announcement made that evening of an extended period of remote learning for school pupils in N.Ireland would be clarified through an imminent decision by the Executive that schools would close at least until the February mid-term break.

A decision made by the N.I. Executive to close schools until the February 2021 mid-term break triggers one of the “What if” scenarios which was conveyed, in early December 2020, to parents of pupils who are registered to sit the PPTC Entrance Assessment.

Namely:

If no pupils are able to sit the Entrance Assessment on 30th January 2021 because of Covid restrictions, and these restrictions would not have ended before 6th February 2021 then

 PPTC will be unable to provide an assessment for any pupils. The responsibility falls on PPTC schools to ensure that their admissions criteria cover this contingency.”

PPTC accept that this decision may be disappointing to many children who would have welcomed the opportunity to take the assessment. We wish all children well in their future pathways.