Rennie to press for vote on crude P1 tests

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned the SNP that he will press for a parliamentary vote on the “crude” testing of P1 pupils at the first possible opportunity unless the tests are scrapped before Parliament returns to session in September.

His call comes after days of criticism of the tests from teachers, parents and the teaching unions.

Mr Rennie said:

“Schools start going back next week and teachers are telling ministers not to subject the next intake of four and five-year-olds to national testing. If the SNP Government won't listen it will be up to Parliament to put a stop to this. If these tests are not scrapped then Scottish Liberal Democrats will press for a parliamentary vote on their abolition at the first opportunity.

“Teachers say national tests for P1s are harming children's progress, they aren't age appropriate and they disrupt learning. Pupils at every stage of primary are being left without the support they need because of the burden put on staff and the need for all hands on deck.

"The crude ratings produced by national testing are of no use whatsoever to teachers who observe and assess their children every day. It is time for them to be binned.

“John Swinney needs to take his fingers out of his ears."

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