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Coronavirus COVID-19 Learner Journey Ministerial Task Force minutes: 6 May 2021

Published: 9 Jun 2021
Directorate:
Learning Directorate
Part of:
Education
Date of meeting: 6 May 2021
Location: Video conference

Minutes from the meeting of the group on 6 May 2021.

Published:
9 Jun 2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 Learner Journey Ministerial Task Force minutes: 6 May 2021

Attendees and apologies

Attendees:

  • Linda Pooley (Deputy Director of Colleges, SFC Sponsorship and Post-16 Programmes, Scottish Government) (Chair)
  • Shona Struthers (Chief Executive, Colleges Scotland)
  • Andy Witty (Director of Sector Policy, Colleges Scotland)
  • Carol Turnbull (Chair of College Principals’ Group, Colleges Scotland)
  • Simon Hewitt (Principle, Dundee and Angus College)
  • Jen Johnston (Colleges Scotland)
  • Sir Paul Grice (Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee, Universities Scotland)
  • Alasdair Sim (Director, Universities Scotland)
  • Gill Stewart (Director of Qualifications, SQA)
  • Karen Watt (CEO, SFC)
  • Martin Boyle (Director of Policy, Insight and Analytics, SFC)
  • Mary Senior (UCU Scotland Official) – will provide a sub if on leave
  • Lauren McNamara (Director of Strategy and Innovation, SAAS)
  • Matt Crilly (President, National Union of Students Scotland)
  • John Gallacher (Head of Bargaining, Unison)
  • Stuart Brown (National Officer for FE, EIS)
  • Stephanie Sinclair (Team Leader - Further and Higher Education Economic Recovery, Scottish Government)
  • Susan Pryde (Team Leader for SFC Review, MLG and Learner Journey Taskforce, Scottish Government)
  • Nicola Dean (Head of Policy and Governance, SG)
  • Jennifer Finn (Student Support Review Programme Manager, Scottish Government)
  • Calum Henderson (NMAHPs and HCS Education Scottish Government)
  • Kathryn Chisholm (ELC Workforce Team Leader, Scottish Government)
  • Susan Downes (Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Government)
  • Kirsty Walker (Unit Head CNOD, Scottish Government)
  • Jane Duffy (Head of Apprenticeships and Education Alignment Unit, Scottish Government)
  • Neville Prentice (Senior Director, Skills Development Scotland)

Apologies:

  • Fiona Robertson (Chief Executive  SQA) 
  • Mark McCahill (Policy Officer, Colleges Scotland)
  • Marion Allison (Director, CLD standards Council)
  • Shona Struthers (Chief Executive, Colleges Scotland)
  • Lorcan Mullan (Unison)
  • Karen Watt (CEO, SFC)
  • Gillian Ritchie (Education Scotland)

Items and actions

Welcome and introductions

The chair welcomed members to the sixth meeting of the Learner Journey Taskforce and thanked members for their efforts and continued support. The chair noted that focus was now on looking at the completion of this academic year and moving forward onto the 2021/2022 session.

The chair made members aware that following this meeting it would conclude the convening of the Learner Journey Taskforce.

Members agreed that both the full and abridged minutes from the previous meeting were an accurate reflection of discussions and accepted these both. 

Discussion on action plan

The chair invited members to provide an update on each action point when called upon and noted that questions would be taken after each update. It was noted that action 5 and 6 had all aspects completed and subsequently closed.

The chair questioned members if they were content that for the purposes of this taskforce that action 2 are deemed complete. It was agreed that these actions could be closed and any further discussions can take  place within the wider review groups.

The chair questioned members if they were content that for the purposes of this taskforce that action 3 are deemed complete. It was agreed that these actions could be closed and any further discussions can take  place within the wider review groups.

The chair questioned members if they were content that for the purposes of this taskforce that action 4 are deemed complete. It was agreed that these actions could be closed and any further discussions can take  place within the wider review groups.

Discussion for 2021/2022 academic session

The chair noted that all the actions undertaken for 2020/2021 academic session by this taskforce are now either complete or will be completed by wider review groups. 

The chair invited members to comment on areas for progression for the next academic session.

ALS noted that they are in the progress of setting up a group to mirror CERG with colleges and universities to be supported by an advisory and expert group. It was suggested that the group will meet every couple of weeks. 

AOB

The chair issued their thanks to all members of the taskforce for their significant contributions in looking to minimise the impact of COVID 19 on learners. They added that there had been a lot of positive working relationships formed as a result of the taskforce and hopes that these may continue.

The chair formally brought the meeting to a close.