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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.
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.
The LSG and the RSE welcome, in principle, the decision by the SQA to re-introduce coursework and examinations for practical subjects that were removed from the assessment of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher subjects during the Covi-19 pandemic.
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 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 survey revealed that both primary and secondary schools faced inadequacies in science equipment and funding.
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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