The Swinney’s not for turning

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The Scottish government has been under fire over recent weeks for its unbending stance on assessments at P1.

Opposition parties combined last month to vote in favour of scrapping the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSAs) for P1s.

The vote did not apply to the other age groups taking SNSAs, which started last year.

However, far from backing down under such large-scale opposition, the SNP has doubled down, with education secretary John Swinney coming out swinging to defend the government’s programme.

He went on the attack at the SNP conference in Glasgow this week, accusing ...

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