Pupils as young as five to sit hour-long school tests under new proposals

The Herald Scotland is reporting that pupils as young as five will sit three tests each lasting up to an hour long under controversial proposals being considered by ministers.

Parents have been warned that Scottish Government plans for standardised national testing in primary and secondary schools currently include assessments for literacy, spelling and numeracy of up to 60 minutes in length.

The National Parent Forum of Scotland said the proposals for pupils in P1, P4, P7 and S3 were far in excess of what was acceptable and would lead to increased stress – even if the tests were split into smaller segments to make them more manageable.

However, the Scottish Government said the tests would be “age appropriate” and insisted the impact on children would be monitored closely.

It comes just weeks after thousands of parents in England took their children out of school for a day in protest at new national tests there.

Iain Ellis, chair of the forum, said: “Our original understanding was that pupils would sit one short test reflecting different skills over a period of about twenty minutes and that the results of that test would be used to support the judgement of the teacher as to the level the pupil had achieved.

“What we are now seeing is that these tests are numerous and lasting up to an hour each and that would put far too much pressure and stress on the individual pupils, particularly those in the first year of primary, but also those in secondary who would already be preparing for National qualifications.

“When you make the tests this numerous and lasting this long then that is no longer in the best interests of pupils and is more about an agenda to collect data for use at a national level and that is a very dangerous position to be in.”


“I’m not even sure whether primary schools could actually cope with that amount of additional workload given everything else they are delivering.”

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  1. BridgetBurke2

    SchoolsImprove isn’t sitting for an hour the test?? Don’t know any 5yr olds who’d cope with that #energetic

  2. abbyaug

    cherrylkd I always remember the youngest child in the class in yr2 SATs saying ‘Mrs M, I have sat still so long my legs are tingling’!

  3. MadgeJesss

    SchoolsImprove Presumably test will be cunningly disguised as an hour-long Shrek movie to retain their attention?

  4. oxojo

    katefallonaep catalystpsych Anothr arrogant exampl of politicn’s lack of trust in teachrs yet think they can decide what’s best for chldrn

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