Should P1 tests be abolished?

As Lib Dems call for national assessments to be dropped after ‘brutal’ feedback, here’s what teachers have to say. By Emma Seith

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The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for the new P1 literacy and numeracy national assessments to be abolished, after the party published all the feedback the government has received from teachers about the controversial tests.

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie described the teachers’ comments as “brutal”. But the government has insisted that “children have found the assessments interesting and easy to do”, while some teachers do not recognise the reports of stressed and upset pupils.

Here we take a look at what has been uncovered, and the reaction from teachers.

What was the feedback and

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