Hilary Long: School's back - but what's the rush?
As many four and five year old’s in Scotland start their first day at school, CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long argues that we are rushing them into formal education too early based on antiquated legislation that is long overdue for reform
THIS week small children aged four and five will be entering the door of the “big school”. It’s a day of mixed emotions for children and their families as they transition from the play environment of the nursery into the more formal learning of the primary school.
'Why no independent review before P1 testing began?': Questions raised over timing of announcement
Opposition parties claim the Deputy First Minister had continued to “defy” the will of the Scottish Parliament, which voted to end P1 testing
A LEADING campaigner against standardised assessment of primary ones has questioned John Swinney’s decision to launch an independent review over one year after testing of four and five year olds began, arguing there was no solid evidence base for the policy when it was introduced.
Exclusive: Campaigners call on Scottish Govt to release legal advice on testing
It remains unknown what legal advice the Scottish Government received on parents’ rights to opt out of the new national standardised tests, or whether it supports their position
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has been urged to release legal advice regarding parents' rights to opt out of controversial standardised tests, after an FOI confirmed that Ministers have received legal advice.
As Holyrood votes to scrap P1 testing, campaigners call for 'progressive education'
Scottish Conservatives lambasted for abandoning their own education policy to attack Scottish Government
EDUCATION campaigners have called for a vote to scrap tests for four and five year-olds to be only a "first step" towards a truly nurturing school environment.
The Scottish Conservative motion against the tests passed by 63 to 61 votes, uniting all four of the Scottish Parliament's opposition parties behind it.
Swinney announces changes to Standardised Testing, but teachers' union and campaigners remain unconvinced
The EIS teachers’ union has said the findings of the Scottish Government’s year one review, which found teachers and pupils were content with the policy, run contrary to their evidence
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT Education Minister John Swinney has announced a suite of changes to the government’s much criticised standardised assessment measures in schools, but campaigners and teachers’ union EIS have said the changes will not solve the fundamental problems at the heart of the policy.
Timeline: From announcement to boycott - how the Scottish Govt's flagship standardised testing policy became so controversial
Parents urged to opt-out of P1 standardised testing which experts warn could be detrimental to child wellbeing
PRESSURE ON the Scottish Government to reconsider its policy of standardised testing – initially introduced last August – has intensified after five children’s charities, a former Children’s Commissioner for Scotland and teachers’ union Education Institute of Scotland launched a campaign urging parents to withdraw P1 children from the tests.
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.
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.