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Important to Keep SSLN Results in Context and Enhance Support for Schools

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Commenting on the results of the latest Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), Larry Flanagan, the General Secretary of the EIS said:

"Although the dip in measured levels of performance in writing at S2 is clearly worthy of further analysis, it is important that we keep these figures in context and consider the environment in which schools, pupils and teachers were working in at the time this survey was carried out.

"These particular figures relate to 2016, a session when teachers and pupils were being placed under great strain through over assessment linked to new qualifications and  the resultant excessive workload demands.

"Teachers went the extra mile to ensure that students sitting the new qualifications weren’t disadvantaged but clearly some focus may have been taken away from the Broad General Education”.

"Parents also need to be aware that the particular level being reported on, CFE Level 3, is the expected minimum standard for the end of S3, so there was never an expectation that all pupils would be at that level by the end of S2.”

Mr Flanagan added, "Overall, the figures highlight that Scottish pupils are continuing to perform well despite the many challenges that our schools have faced in recent years.

"At a time when education budgets have been falling, staff numbers have declined and teachers and pupils have been under severe workload pressures, our schools have continued to perform well. If the attainment gap is to be tackled successfully, we need to see an end to the politics of austerity and a renewed political commitment to support our comprehensive system, including tackling the excessive workload which still blights our schools.”