Wed 21 Sep, 2016

Staff in our schools are being denied the resources to provide support that is badly needed and Greens will continue to call for efforts to be focussed on this rather than unnecessary testing. Ross Greer MSP

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today welcomed the announcement by the Education Secretary that unit assessments for qualifications at National 5 and Higher level are to end.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“It’s good that the Scottish Government is finally listening to teachers and education experts on this. Unit assessments have been highlighted as a major source of staff workload and pupil stress, so their demise is welcome.

“However, if Scottish Ministers are serious about giving teachers time to teach they should rethink their plans for unnecessary and potentially harmful standardised testing in primary and secondary schools, and commit to investment in Additional Support Needs. Staff in our schools are being denied the resources to provide support that is badly needed and Greens will continue to call for efforts to be focussed on this rather than unnecessary testing.”

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