Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:36


Opposition parties have sided with the Tories at Holyrood to grandstand over kids’ education.
In this afternoon’s debate on standardised Primary 1 assessments, Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs put political point scoring ahead of driving up standards in schools.

The Tories sought to rewrite history in bringing this debate to parliament, with Ruth Davidson stating that her party has “opposed these p1 tests from the start”. However, her own party’s 2016 manifesto called on the Scottish Government to “design the new standardised tests at p1”.
29 out of Scotland’s 32 local authorities were already using assessments at Primary 1 before these were standardised by the SNP in government to provide consistency and an important means for all teachers to identify a child’s next steps in learning. The vast majority of Labour and Lib Dem led councils were also assessing pupils at p1, revealing their hypocrisy on the issue.
Commenting after today’s vote, Gordon MacDonald MSP said:
“The opposition parties at Holyrood are guilty of the most appalling hypocrisy – siding with the Tories to oppose a policy they actually agree with, in an attempt to score political points.
“But the facts are these: the Scottish Government introduced p1 assessments because they are a tool we need to track kids’ progress and help drive up standards in our schools.
“The Tories put standardised p1 assessments in their manifesto; the vast majority of Tory-run councils across Scotland already assessed kids from p1; so did Labour councils and likewise the Lib Dems.
“Labour and the Lib Dems have sided with the Tories in their political gamesmanship, and sought to prey on the anxieties of parents, just to grab a headline. It’s depressing that they all stood willing to do so at the expense of kids’ education.
“When it comes to educating our young people, we should be united in an ambition to drive up standards – not exploiting these issues for political gain.
“The SNP – the party which is serious about education as our number one priority in government – will continue to deliver what’s best for teachers and parents, and most importantly for our young people across Scotland.”   

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