The Boards of Governors envisage that the implementation of the first phase will begin in September 2015 in accordance with an agreed time frame. Consultation regarding this process will begin in September 2014. The phasing out of academic selection is likely to start by reducing the intake of selected pupils to a maximum of 75%.
The education minister John O'Dowd said he welcomed the Omagh schools' announcement that they are examining the possibility of moving away from using academic selection. However no formal change has been made and he has encouraged people to make their views known during the consultation.
The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) has also welcomed the move.