‘Total rubbish’ that education data worst since 1950s

According to TES, education secretary John Swinney has described as “total rubbish” the claim that data about Scottish education is the worst it has been since the 1950s.

Critics point to Scotland’s withdrawal from international surveys and the scrapping in 2017 of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) as reasons for a dearth of education data.

A paper from the Commission on School Reform in December argued that a lack of reliable data made it harder to tell whether standards in Scottish school education were rising or falling than at any time since the 1950s.

Mr Swinney also acknowledges that, in international terms, the above-average teaching time expected of Scottish teachers is a challenge to be addressed.

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