Fife Council to Scrap Primary 1 Testing

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This afternoon Fife Council became the first local authority to refuse to carry out John Swinney’s controversial standardised assessments for P1 pupils.

The decision came at the end of a fevered debate at a meeting of full Council in Glenrothes, which you can watch here (Skip to 1 hour 39 minutes).

This was the fourth time Fife Council was discussing and deciding on the tests which have been condemned by teaching unions, and many teachers and parents as well as a cross-party motion at Holyrood.

The issue revealed an irredeemable split between the SNP and Labour who together make up the administration at Fife Council.

It also, very unusually, led Labour to criticise senior officers for withholding information and writing less than objective reports for committee which supported the SNP stance.

Nevertheless this time, at least, the decision to take the tests off the agenda in Fife looks set to be final.

You can read more at The Courier – Fife Council is the First Local Authority in Scotland to Withdraw  Scottish Government’s Primary One Testing Scheme

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