“The planned primary tests are at best unnecessary and possibly detrimental, but the P1 test seems to be actively harmful and a phenomenal drain on resources to no obvious benefit to the learners.”
“A supply teacher told me herself, one of the pupils’ eyes filled with tears. I have observed another P1 – [it was] recommended that they stay in preschool but [that was] rejected by parents – look at me with a terrified look as they entered the room for testing.”
“The P7 test is lengthy and tricky. First class did OK today but my heart broke for my kid with difficulties and my Syrian refugee who had no English six months ago.”
“With so many children suffering from low self-esteem, and an increase in mental health issues, why is this happening? I truly despair.”
“None of my pupils have been stressed or worried by these SNSAs. I have introduced them as quizzes. Encouraged them to do their best and move on if unable to do a question. The more I look at the P1 assessments, though, I do wonder if any P1 pupils could do many of the questions.”
“Who does my work while I collect meaningless data for HQ/Scottish government?”
“P7 and P4 all done, apart from absences. Will probably still be doing P1 at Christmas!”
Source: Comments from teachers and other education staff about the new Scottish National Standardised Assessments, gathered by George Gilchrist for a report for parents’ organisation Connect.