Education in Northern Ireland

Education in Northern Ireland differs from systems used elsewhere in the United Kingdom, although it is relatively similar to Wales. A child's age on 1 July determines the point of entry into the relevant stage of education, unlike England and Wales where it is 1 September. Northern Ireland's results at GCSE and A-Level are consistently top in the UK. At A-Level and BTEC level 3, one third of students in Northern Ireland achieved A and distinction grades in 2007, which is a higher proportion than in England and Wales.[2][3]

Education in Northern Ireland
Department for Education
Minister for EducationMichelle McIlveen
National education budget (201112)
Budget£1.894 billion
General details
Primary languagesEnglish, Irish
System typeRegional
Compulsory education1827 [citation needed]
Literacy (2003[1])
Total99%
Male99%
Female99%

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