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.

Purpose

The Group has the following three-fold 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.

Activities


In collaboration with the STEMEC, the LSG has prioritised activity to embed interdisciplinary learning (IDL) more deeply within Scottish education.

This includes bringing together senior representatives of organisations from across Scottish education to establish a national programme to support the development of IDL. As part of this process, the group has agreed a National Statement on IDL.



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:

RSE

Royal Society of Chemistry

Institute of Physics

Royal Society of Biology

Association for Science Education

British Computer Society

Edinburgh Mathematical Society

Scottish Mathematical Council

Engineering Policy Group Scotland (Observer)

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.