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Meeting of the Parliament 13 June 2019 [Draft] : 13 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

Mr Paterson makes a serious point—he has made it to me on several occasions—on raising awareness of such measures to support families. A co-ordinated communicatio...

Meeting of the Parliament 13 June 2019 [Draft] : 13 June 2019 View PDF version
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney)

We have delivered a wide range of initiatives to help families to meet the cost associated with starting school, including the pupil equity fund and improvements to free school meals and the...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

I am anxious to separate out two issues that have become somewhat conjoined. One issue is the importance of a play-based curriculum for young people, which is at ...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

Perhaps the most important modification relates to the length of the literacy assessment. As a matter of urgency, we will discuss that with the company that is involved in design and deliver...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

Because the diagnostic information readily identifies areas where young people may have challenges in their education performance, it will help teachers to undert...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

I am not sure whether Alison Harris is one of the members who took up the opportunity to see a demonstration of the assessments. If she was, she will have seen the diagnostic information tha...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

In the project, we have had excellent co-operation with our local authority partners, which have been involved in all the preparation of the standardised assessme...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

First, I simply offered David Reedy’s independent credibility as a leading expert on questions of literacy as justification for recruiting a man of significant in...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

First, I am accepting today that there is a need to strengthen the rationale for the assessments. That point came out of the Education and Skills Committee’s inqu...

Meeting of the Parliament 11 June 2019 [Draft] : 11 June 2019 View PDF version
John Swinney

I have accepted that there has to be a clear rationale about the assessments. David Reedy reinforces the argument that I advanced to the committee that they are assessments with a diagnostic...

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