SNP embarrassment as worst-performing Scottish primary school on Sturgeon’s OWN home turf
Oliver Mundell slams the Scottish 'exam chaos'
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The analysis ranks each Scottish primary school by P7 (Year 6) students’ scores on listening and talking, numeracy, reading and writing. It showed Annette Street Primary School in Govanhill, Glasgow had a score of just 30.
Govanhill is located in Glasgow Southside, where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been the MSP since 2007.
On the other side of the league table was St Bridget’s Primary School in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, with an overall score of 380, the highest score possible in the rankings.
Other schools which followed in the top five included St Paul’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Fife, St John the Baptist Primary School in West Lothian, Bankhead Primary School in South Lanarkshire, and Newington School, Dumfries and Galloway.
The analysis put together jointly by The Times also revealed that only 64 out of 1,372 primary schools pupils achieved top marks.
But the damning analysis also revealed 25 percent (14,250) of Scotland’s 57,000 Scottish primary level pupils fell below the required standard in writing and numeracy while around one in five failed to meet the grade in reading, listening and talking.
Opposition parties are now putting pressure on Scottish Education Secretary Shirley Anne-Sommerville for greater scrutiny on primary schools.
It comes amid claims one in four kids go to high school with a poor understanding of reading, writing and numbers.
Oliver Mundell, Scottish Conservative Education spokesperson, said the analysis sums up the “SNP’s unmitigated failures on education during their 14 years in charge.”
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He added: “Year after year, they are letting our young people down.
“They should be ashamed by these findings.
“No amount of spin they try will conceal the fact that so many pupils on their watch are preparing to enter secondary education without the required skills in key subjects.
“SNP Ministers have slashed teachers from our classrooms and they’ve never met their promise to cut class sizes.
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“Exams are still not guaranteed to return next year, despite them clearly being the best form of determining what a child knows and what they can do.
“It is on the SNP’s watch that Scotland has been removed from renowned international comparisons in relation to education.
“Ministers must accept and urgently address the conclusions drawn from the sparse data that is available.”
Beatrice Wishart MSP, the Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman claimed SNP ministers had junked international measures of educational performance “because they didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear”.
She said: “It has been three years since parliament, with the backing of teachers, voted to stop the SNP’s pointless national testing of five-year-olds.
“The SNP should respect the will of parliament, end those tests and pave the way for a new system of play-based learning.”
In response, a Scottish Government spokesperson said: “In providing nationally consistent, objective and comparable information, Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) can provide a helpful additional source of information for teachers when considering children’s progress.
“The assessment approach places teacher professional judgement at the heart of the process.
“Teachers work most closely with children and are best placed to judge how well they are progressing.”
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