The Conservative Party is using the debate about the introduction of the National Improvement Framework to champion the kind of “high-stakes testing” that deepens rather than narrows the attainment gap, according to the EIS teaching union. The union said that such testing in primary – used in England – had “quite rightly been rejected” by the Scottish government. “Politicians should stop treating schools as a battleground for their own, often narrow, agendas,” said general secretary Larry Flanagan. The union, which is gathering in Dundee for its annual conference between 9 and 11 June, said that it had been “pleased” to engage in “constructive dialogue” with the government about the use of standardised assessment, and how it can be used to support pupil learning.
A scheme bringing live theatre to thousands of children has launched at Edinburgh’s Preston Street Primary School. Theatre in Schools Scotland, founded by performing arts body Imaginate and the National Theatre of Scotland, will tour 25 local authorities from August to October. Around 15,000 pupils will watch up to four performances, with the aim that every child in Scotland will see at least one production per year by 2020.
A former primary headteacher has been appointed to Gaelic body Bòrd na Gàidhlig. From 20 June, Mona Wilson will be the organisation’s first director of Gaelic education, having previously worked as principal Gaelic teacher at Tollcross Primary School in Edinburgh and interim headteacher at Inverness Gaelic Primary School. Originally from Lewis, Ms Wilson is currently a senior Gaelic lecturer at the University of Strathclyde.
A learning resource that helps older primary pupils uncover the mysterious history of the Picts has been shortlisted for a British Archaeology Award. The Forestry Commission Scotland resource combines classroom and outdoor learning, with an emphasis on visits to Pictish hillforts and symbolic stones.