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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16868: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what processes or information are in place to inform parents that their children can opt out of P1 testing.

Answered by: John Swinney 5 June 2018

The Scottish Government provided information for parents on the Scottish National Standardised Assessments to schools in November 2016, encouraging them to share this material widely with parents and the school community. This information made clear that the assessments should be used as part of everyday teaching and learning and that they are a diagnostic tool providing information to teachers on children’s progress and helping identify where further support may be required.

As such, the Government sees no benefit to opting out of the assessments. Any parent who does have concerns about their child undertaking the assessments should discuss them with their child’s class teacher or headteacher.