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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09034: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the EIS teaching union is to consider a boycott of standardised assessments.

Answered by: John Swinney 2 May 2017

The Scottish government has fully involved the trade unions and staff associations in our development of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments and have fully incorporated their views into implementation.

The standardised assessments will simply replace existing assessments already used in most schools in Scotland. They will not increase workload for teachers or children but they will help teachers understand progress in literacy and reading, automatically generating information for teachers on where a pupil is doing well and where further support may be required.