Rennie calls for statement on P1 testing “whitewash”


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for Education Secretary John Swinney to come to Parliament and answer questions from MSPs over hundreds of pages of teacher feedback which dismantle the SNP’s P1 testing policy.

A review of the policy was published on 11 June 2019, in which the Education Secretary announced that more guidance would be published for teachers but stopped short of halting the policy in line with the view expressed by the Scottish Parliament in September 2018. However the feedback from teachers which was not published until 27 August 2019.

Mr Rennie said:

“Everyone knew that the Education Secretary’s review would be a whitewash. No wonder he didn’t publish this teacher feedback at the time, when it makes clear standardised testing of 4 and 5 year olds is at best futile and at worst damaging.

“The Education Secretary should make a statement to Parliament explaining to teachers why he is ignoring them.

“So many teachers go above and beyond to help their pupils, especially at this formative stage. The Education Secretary’s approach is a slap in the face to the education professionals who took part in this review, thinking that their thoughts would be heard.

“He should commit to scrapping the tests before another year of P1 pupils and teachers having to suffer the same way.”


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