P1 testing

Eleanor Bradford

Early testing will identify who needs help

October 29, 2018

The row about testing four and five year olds rumbles on. Education Secretary John Swinney has now announced an independent review into the controversial policy. The Scottish Parliament recently voted to scrap the assessments, as teachers’ unions raised concerns about the amount of time they take and parents claimed some children were left traumatised.


I can ignore the Brexit elephant no longer

October 22, 2018

I’ve tried hard, really hard, to resist the urge to write about Brexit. There are so many other issues deserving an airing in this column. There is next week’s Budget, the state of our education system and the debate over P1 testing, or the funding of the NHS in Scotland, waiting lists and social care.