COVID-19 and the re-opening of schools

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) prepared a joint submission to Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee’s evidence session with Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney on COVID-19 and the re-opening of schools, which took place on Friday, 12 June, 2020.

In addition to the re-opening of schools, the Committee considered the impacts of lockdown on vulnerable children as well as the replacement of the 2020 exam diet and its impacts on learning and assessment over the next academic year.

Among the issues identified by the joint submission are the logistical challenges of re-opening schools post-pandemic; the delivery of practical laboratory work in the context of social distancing; the impacts of disrupted schooling and digital learning on vulnerable children; and the risk of unconscious bias in alternative assessment methods.

Download the submission here.

Policy identifier

AD20-09

Published date

June 2020