Primary 1 Assessments

Independent review team call for views.

Views are being sought on the use of standardised assessments for Primary 1 (P1) children as part of the independent review led by David Reedy.

The review is seeking views from interested parties including teachers, councils, professional associations and parent groups.

Mr Reedy is being supported by a small review team including Dr Eve Bearne and two members of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

Work is already underway and a programme of school visits and engagement with practitioners and other stakeholders is being developed.

David Reedy said: “I encourage anyone with an interest to get in touch with the review, particularly those with experience of the assessments during the 2018/19 academic session.” 

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “It is crucial that we have the appropriate approach to assessment in our schools and that is why I commissioned this independent review into the use of P1 assessments. The review will consider the evidence gathered and be led by what is best for pupils. I look forward to receiving the review’s conclusions later this year.”


School children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 complete online standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy as part of everyday learning and teaching.

The assessments are designed to help identify children’s progress, providing diagnostic information to support teachers' professional judgement.  

The review will consider and provide recommendations on the following issues:

  • the compatibility of the assessments with the play based approach in the early level of Curriculum for Excellence
  • the alignment of the assessments to the benchmarks for the early level
  • the effect of taking an on-line assessment on P1 children
  • the usefulness of the diagnostic information provided to teachers and how it supports their professional judgement
  • the implications of the review for the ongoing development of the national Gaelic Medium Education standardised assessments
  • the future of the assessments. In particular whether they should continue in line with the current continuous improvement model, be substantially modified, or be stopped.

The review will be asked to provide conclusions and recommendations on each of these issues by the end of May 2019. The recommendations of the review will then be brought back to Parliament for consideration. 

If you would like to contribute to the review please email

Independent review of P1 assessments remit.




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