RSE and LSG provide evidence to Scottish Parliament on COVID-19 and the re-opening of schools

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Learned Societies’ Group (LSG) have prepared a joint submission to the 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, scheduled for Friday, 12 June at 10:00 a.m.

In addition to the re-opening of schools, the Committee will also consider 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.

Through its Education Committee and the recently established Post-COVID-19 Futures Commission, the RSE, as Scotland’s National Academy, is well placed to draw upon a wide range of public, private, and third sector expertise and practitioner experience to support Scotland’s education system in recovering from COVID-19.

The LSG’s constituent learned societies and professional associations have been active in supporting remote learning and in monitoring reported impacts of the lockdown on education. In addition to this joint submission, the LSG has also submitted as evidence a letter sent to Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Education Recovery Group regarding the need for a reduction in examinable course content for 2020-2021.

View the submission here.