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Hilary Long: We don’t need to test P1 children, we need to let them play

Hilary Long, coordinator of the Upstart Glasgow Network and a member of Common Weal Glasgow, attended the recent launch of Upstart Scotland’s ‘Play not Tests’ campaign seeking to challenge Scottish Government plans for standardised tests for children in Primary 1.

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Child's play: Are our kids being left unfulfilled because of our attitudes?

Literacy specialist, author and chair of Upstart Scotland Sue Palmer says allowing children the time and space for play is important for their development

HOW can I define 'child's play'? Running, jumping, climbing, building dens, making mixtures, exploring and experimenting, collaborating and competing, hiding and seeking, rough­and-tumbling, let’s­pretending ... Play is simply what children do when left to their own devices.

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