The Education (Northern Ireland) Act 1947 is closely modelled on the Butler Act. The main tenets of the act are that education will be compulsory for all children up to the age of 15. Primary education will end at 11 when children will be assessed by tests which will determine what type of secondary school they will attend. Facilities such as milk and dinners are made available. The funding for the Voluntary (Catholic) schools is raised to 65%.

Grants for third level education are also introduced which opens the doors to the universities to many less well-off people.

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