A report into the effects of deprivation on educational achievement has recommended the end of the current system of academic selection in Northern Ireland the BBC has reported.
The report - Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation (Iliad) - was commissioned by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.
The report has yet to be published, however a draft copy has been seen by the BBC.
The BBC report that the study looked at why pupils in some areas of high deprivation outperform their peers in other deprived areas.
The three-year study was conducted by 10 experts from Queen's University and Stranmillis University College in Belfast.