Home Archived Swinney isn’t losing any sleep over the P1 testing fiasco Back Swinney isn’t losing any sleep over the P1 testing fiasco 23rd November 2018, 12:00am Tes Editorial Share Swinney isn’t losing any sleep over the P1 testing fiasco https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/swinney-isnt-losing-any-sleep-over-p1-testing-fiasco Copy Link In a contender for the world's biggest understatement this year, education secretary John Swinney told the education directors' body ADES earlier this week: "We've had a little bit of a bumpy exercise on P1 assessments". Did he have rose-tinted glasses on at the time? No. Was he "doing a May" (sticking to his guns and declaring that everything's just fine)? More likely. Despite mass opposition to the introduction of tests for children aged 4 and 5 - from MSPs, teachers and increasingly vocal campaigners - Swinney remains determined that the national assessments will continue as planned in the current school year. The education secretary and deputy first minister didn't get off to the best start at the ADES annual conference in Cumbernauld, having been delayed by a minor issue happening in Westminster last week. (We're fed up with writing the word, but you know … Brexit). Once he did arrive, he said that the debate around the Scottish National Standardised Assessments had been "a classic example of politics getting in the way of good educational arguments". He added: "I hear disputed views about the value of P1 assessments within the education system, but I hear disputed views about every question in Scottish education. There's nothing that attracts unanimity - everything is a matter of debate. Once you come to terms with that conclusion, you sleep much easier." However, not all hope is lost for those who would like to see the P1 assessments banished from schools completely. Last month, Swinney announced that an independent review of the tests would be carried out and its report was expected in May. The Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee has revealed that it, too, will carry out its own inquiry. You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Register for free to read more You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below. Alternatively, check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Register Subscribe now Already registered? Log in You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Subscribe to read more Check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Subscribe now Written by Tes Editorial Share Swinney isn’t losing any sleep over the P1 testing fiasco https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/swinney-isnt-losing-any-sleep-over-p1-testing-fiasco Copy Link Read more New Magazine Experience New Magazine Experience • 18th November 2021 How Quizlet can benefit new teachers Dan Worth • 6th September 2019 Make MFL planning a breeze with Quizlet Heather Martin • 9th September 2019 How Quizlet can boost English teaching and learning Lauran Hampshire-Dell • 17th September 2019 Recent Most read Most shared Call to end P1 SNSAs and divert money to school ventilation Tes essentials: Zahawi, face masks and phonics Why it is time to mark McCrone's card, all these years later Exclusive: Nadhim Zahawi on what he is going to do next Wellbeing Around the World: Removing heads of subjects KCSIE 2022: The key proposed changes How to read MAT financial accounts - and why you should 5 practical skills to succeed in middle leadership Time management: is this approach the silver bullet?