Don't mention it

After the executive council of the Educational Institute of Scotland had agreed to survey member views on a boycott of unit assessment, it was asked to support an amendment from Peter Quigley of Fife, calling on the Education Minister to ensure that a boycott would be "without detriment to teaching and assessment".

This is surely the first time a government has been asked by a union to nullify the effects of its actions.

Delegates duly savaged the notion while one activist commented: "This is the kind of thing that gets on to the back page of The TES Scotland."

Happy to oblige.

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