Joint RSE Education Committee and Learned Societies’ Group response to Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee’s evidence session on COVID-19 and the reopening of schools

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 letter was informed by initial reflections on the impacts of COVID-19 on education which were submitted to Scottish Government by the Education Committee as well as by a letter sent by the LSG regarding a need for a reduction in examinable course content for 2020-21 in order to avoid disadvantaging pupils.

The letter raises issues such as:

  • the logistical challenges of reopening and operating schools under social distancing measures, including the delivery of practical work;
  • the particular impacts of school closures on vulnerable pupils, including disruptions to learning and digital poverty; and
  • the implications for assessments.