Swinney isn’t losing any sleep over the P1 testing fiasco

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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 ...

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