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Swinney ignores teachers to press ahead with p1 testing

Education secretary John Swinney has confirmed the SNP will continue the testing of primary one pupils, despite widespread criticism from teachers.

Addressing MSPs in Holyrood today, he said he’d considered the evidence and believed the assessments should continue.

Every other party in the Scottish Parliament opposes the tests, which have been repeatedly criticised by teachers, parents and education experts.

Holyrood even formally voted to scrap the assessments, a move the SNP government has ignored.

Scottish Conservative shadow education secretary Liz Smith said:

“John Swinney has his head in the sand.

“He refuses to get the message that the Scottish Parliament voted to halt the p1 tests because all the opposition parties were listening to the concerns expressed by primary school teachers, parents and educational experts.

“They told us that the purpose of the tests was unclear and that there was no evidence that they provided any added educational benefit.

“What has been published today does not answer these basic concerns.

“The SNP seems intent on ignoring the views of teachers on p1 tests just as it has done on subject choice and the increase in multi-level teaching.”

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