MSP, Motherwell and Wishaw
I have listened with interest to speeches from across the chamber this afternoon, hoping to get some enlightenment about the positions of the parties on national testing. However, I am afraid that I remain as confused as I was before I came to the chamber. I will offer some reflections on my experience. My son went through the five-to-14 curriculum. I received report cards for him every year...
I am sorry, Mr Gray; I do not have time. The other thing that concerned me as a parent was the cost of the tests. It has been mentioned today that, somehow, uniquely, the tests that are being brought forward by this Government cause extreme stress and require the use of extra time and resources in the classrooms. However, there has been no assessment of what happened in relation to the other...
I will not be taking interventions. When looking into this issue, I remembered that some work had been done on the costs of national testing. In June 2005, TESS— the Times Educational Supplement Scotland— published details of a survey that it done of 32 local authorities. The survey showed that standardised testing was costing councils over £1 million a year, and the true...
Scottish National Party MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
Also represented Central Scotland
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