The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) was established in 2012 over concerns about 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.

Group purpose

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 cooperation with a broader range of STEM-related learned societies and professional associations.

Group activities

The LSG welcomed Scottish Government’s commitment to commissioning a review of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) in its entirety. It also appreciated the opportunity to contribute to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) virtual stakeholder sessions in support of the review of CfE in October 2020 and this response expands upon points made by its representative during the session, as well as highlighting other longstanding areas of interest and concern.
The letter presents the LSG’s suggestions for proposed modifications to National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher assessments for 2020-21, in response to a consultation by SQA.
The letter presents the LSG’s main observations with respect to the 2020 alternative assessment model and associated rapid review by Professor Mark Priestley.
This briefing paper highlights what the Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education believes are the most prominent issues for STEM education in Scotland and presents associated recommendations and calls for action.
The RSE Education Committee and the Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) submitted a joint letter response in support of Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee’s evidence session on COVID-19 and the reopening of schools.
The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) wrote to Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Education Recovery Group to recommend a reduction in examinable course content for 2020-21 in reflection of the widespread disruptions to teaching and learning brought on by the pandemic.
The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) responded to the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s (GTCS) consultation on revised Professional Standards and a new Professional Code.
The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) responded to the Scottish Government’s Education and Skills Committee’s inquiry into recruiting and training new teachers.
The LSG welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee’s call for evidence on the STEM experiences of three to seven year olds.
The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG) welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee’s inquiry into subject choice.

Group membership

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:

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