16 August 2019

Johan Adamson, Labour candidate in the Shetland byelection, has called for the scrapping of P1 testing in schools.

Ms Adamson has stated that Scottish National Standardised Assessments are confused, bureaucratic, stressful for pupils and of limited diagnostic value.

She went on to point out that teachers’ unions, parent groups and the Scottish Parliament have all rejected P1 testing yet the government refuses to bin this extremely unpopular policy.

Ms Adamson accused the Scottish government of arrogance in refusing to accept the views of parents and unions and said the ‘SNP knows best’ approach to this issue is damaging.

She said, “The SNP should bring back the trusted Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy and ditch discredited testing for P1 pupils, while reviewing testing of others at P4, P7 and S3.

“These tests are further evidence of bad policy making from the SNP in education at a time when we have so many other problems in schools to deal with.

“ When it comes to education you simply cannot trust the SNP to deliver.”
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