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"Halt" to National tests for 5 year olds in Scotland called for.

"Halt" to National tests for 5 year olds in Scotland called for.

MSPs have defeated the Scottish government in a vote calling on ministers to "halt" national assessments for five-year-old pupils.

The assessments were introduced across Scotland last year, but some teachers and parents have criticised them.

Ministers insist they are not high-stakes tests, but help schools assess where pupils need help at an early age.

Opposition parties say they are not in line with play-based early learning and could create league tables of schools.

Members voted by 63 to 61 to pass a Conservative motion calling for a "halt" to the tests, with all of the opposition parties uniting against the SNP.

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