An “unqualified green light” it may not have been, but it was still pretty close to the conclusion Education Secretary John Swinney would have been hoping for.

A review set up by the Scottish Government to judge the impact of P1 literacy and numeracy assessments found in their favour – as long as important modifications were made.

The report, by literacy specialist David Reedy, concluded that the assessments offered “a useful element to inform judgments about learning and teaching”.

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The review found no evidence the tests were “high stakes” and said data from them was not being used to set targets, make comparisons between schools or for teacher appraisal.

Fears pupils had been upset were also dismissed with the conclusion there was “scant evidence” of any distress - although the review stressed the approach taken by school staff was crucial in setting a relaxed atmosphere.

Given the meagre pickings afforded to opposition parties, reaction in the Scottish Parliament was largely a re-run of previous concerns.

Mr Swinney had ignored the will of Holyrood by pressing ahead with the assessments despite the cross-party vote to scrap them, MSPs said.

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There was also concern the review had not considered existing evidence from teachers and parents that the assessments had been inappropriately administered, beset by IT problems and that information from them was not particularly useful.

After the review’s conclusions it was perhaps expected eyebrows were raised over the appointment of Mr Reedy, a former general secretary of the UK Literacy Association, to chair it.

The Government said he was ideal because he had not been involved in the recent debates on P1 assessments in Scotland “allowing him to bring a fresh and impartial perspective”.

Tavish Scott, education spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, was not convinced, asking why Mr Swinney had hired an academic “from the English educational regime ... where high stakes testing is the norm to produce the arguments he wants”.