Can Scottish parents withdraw children from P1 tests? John Swinney urged to clarify

The Education Secretary has been urged to clarify whether Scottish parents are allowed to withdraw their children from sitting tests in P1, amid confusion over the legal position. iNews reports.

John Swinney is facing calls to make a statement at the Scottish Parliament after one of the nation’s top civil servants was accused of giving “misleading” advice to parents on the issue. 

The controversial assessments, which are taken by pupils in P1, P4, P7 and S3, are set to be overhauled after teachers and parents warned they were upsetting young children.

On Wednesday it emerged that advice given to parents by Graeme Logan, a deputy director in the Scottish Government’s learning directorate, may not be accurate.

Mr Logan sent a letter to councils last week which stated that parents did not have the right to pull their children out of the tests unless there were “exceptional circumstances”.

Quoting advice from the Society of Local Authority Lawyers in Scotland (Solar), he wrote: “Solar have advised us that parents don’t have the option to opt out of the assessments.”

Holyrood’s opposition parties said Mr Swinney should urgently clarify the legal position on the issue through a statement to MSPs when Holyrood returns from recess next week.

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