Emma Seith

P1 testing ‘tantamount to illness, neglect or abuse’

Campaigners fight formal testing at age 5, stating it has ‘little or no statistical value’

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Whether or not it is right to test pupils in the first year of school – when they are just four or five years old – is a hot topic both north and south of the border.

In Scotland, even the Conservatives – the most fervent supporters of the introduction by the government of standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy in primary and secondary – have said the educational value of testing literacy and numeracy at that age is “negligible” (“Tories insist that testing at age 5 is ‘too young’”, 1 July 2016).

More recently, headteachers have begun to openly question the value of the P1 tests ...

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