Swinney ignores teacher workload with P1 testing review “stitch-up”

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s statement on the publication of the P1 testing review, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

“This review is a stitch-up. Teachers, unions, parent groups and Parliament have all called for a halt to the testing of 4 and 5 year old boys and girls. But the Education Secretary wants them to continue, so he’s commissioned a review that will prove himself right.

“Teachers already have far too much on their plates. They’ve made clear that these tests waste ridiculous amounts of classroom time, add nothing to what they know about their pupils and bulk up their workload.

“What today confirmed is that the Education Secretary plans to make their lives harder.

“Not only will be there be an endless stream of new guidelines. The government will impose a handy new eight point action plan to guide teachers through the tests they’ve already made abundantly clear are worthless. No wonder teachers are sick to the back teeth of Mr Swinney and this government.”

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