Learned Societies' Group

The establishment of the Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) in 2012 arose from concerns over major reforms in the delivery of STEM education in Scottish schools. There was recognition that, while the member organisations are individually active in this area, more can be achieved by a formal collaborative grouping that identifies, discusses and takes action on common issues.


The Group has the following remit:

  • To be proactive in identifying and promoting priorities for school STEM education in Scotland, and to liaise with other relevant organisations and groups;
  • To consider and monitor school STEM education initiatives or developments, particularly those from Government and its agencies, and respond to these;
  • To organise meetings or other events that stimulate debate on school STEM education in Scotland;
  • To provide advice on school STEM education to decision makers, including to Ministers, MSPs, civil servants and local authority representatives.

Implicit in the Group’s remit is the intention to foster relationships, share events and provide advice to policymakers and other relevant bodies in co-operation with a broader range of STEM-related learned societies and professional associations.


Parliamentary briefing for MSP candidates (April 2021)

OECD review of Curriculum for Excellence (December 2020)

Rapid review of the National Qualifications experience 2020 by Professor Mark Priestley (September 2020)

SQA consultation on proposed modifications to National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher assessments for 2020-21 (August 2020)

COVID-19 and the re-opening of schools (June 2020)

COVID-19 and a reduction in examinable content for 2020-21 (May 2020)

Recruiting and Training New Teachers (January 2020)

GTCS Professional Standards and Professional Code (December 2019)

Early Years and Primary School STEM Experiences (May 2019)

Subject Choices at Secondary School (March 2019)

Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland (December 2018)

Teacher Workforce Planning for Scotland’s Schools (April 2017)

Changes to National Qualifications’ Course Assessment (April 2017)

STEM Education & Training Strategy: A response from the LSG on STEM Education (January 2017)

Further Comments to Education Scotland on the Curriculum for Excellence Science Benchmarks (November 2016)

Initial Comments on the Purpose of the Curriculum for Excellence Science Benchmarks (October 2016)

Briefing Paper for MSPs (May 2016)

Scottish Government Review into Improvements to National Qualifications and Assessment (March 2016)

Presentation of Data in Graphs, Charts and Tables (December 2015)

The Draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education (November 2015)

Outcomes of the Scottish Qualification Authority (August 2015)

Reform in Scottish Schools Science Education (January 2015)

Resourcing of Schools Science in Scotland (November 2014)

Resourcing in Schools Science in Scotland – Summary (November 2014)

Interdisciplinary Learning in STEM Education (April 2014)

Revised Registration and Standard Rules Framework (April 2014)

Curriculum Impact Update Report (January 2014)

Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland (May 2013)

Learned Societies Group – Launch Report (May 2012)

Group Information

Collaborative interdisciplinary learning is a major strand of Curriculum for Excellence. This has been important in terms of influencing the scope of the group and its membership. The Group currently comprises representatives from the:


Royal Society of Chemistry

Institute of Physics

Royal Society of Biology

Association for Science Education

British Computer Society

Edinburgh Mathematical Society

Scottish Mathematical Council

Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Group has established a connection with STEMEC, an independent group which has been formed to take forward work arising from the Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group (SEEAG) report.

For further information about the work of the Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish Science Education, contact William Hardie, 0131 240 5031.