COVID-19 Education Recovery Group minutes: 17 July 2020

Minutes and papers from 17 July 2020 meeting of the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group.

Attendees and apologies


  • John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (Chair)
  • Councillor McCabe, Children and Young People spokesperson, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities – CoSLA (Co-Chair)
  • Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
  • Professor Carol Tannahill, SG Chief Social Policy Adviser and Chair of Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues
  • Elizabeth Morrison, Deputy Director, Scottish Government
  • Simon Mair, Head of Delivery Assurance, Scottish Government
  • Andy Drought, Deputy Director of Workforce, Infrastructure and Reform, Scottish Government
  • Jane Brumpton, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
  • Greg Dempster, General Secretary, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS)
  • Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS)
  • John Gallacher, Regional Manager (UNISON)
  • Gillian Hamilton, Strategic Director, Education Scotland
  • Carrie Lindsay, President, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)
  • Ken Muir, Chief Executive, General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • Joanna Murphy, Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS)
  • Jim Thewliss, General Secretary, School Leaders Scotland (SLS)
  • Maria Walker, Strategic Director, Education Scotland
  • Frank Strang, Deputy Director, Scottish Government
  • Gayle Gorman, Chief Executive and Chief Inspector, Education Scotland
  • Jane O’Donnell, Head of Policy, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA)  
  • Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government
  • Josie Murray, Consultant Epidemiologist at Public Health Scotland
  • Chris Chapman, University of Glasgow
  • Aline-Wendy Dunlop, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Eileen Scott, Public Health Scotland
  • Dona Milne, Director of Public Health, Fife
  • Gill Stewart, Director of Qualifications Development, SQA


  • Sheena Devlin, Executive Director, Perth & Kinross Council (ADES)
  • Fiona Robertson, Chief Executive, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA
  • Alison Cumming, Director of Early Learning and Childcare, Scottish Government
  • Graeme Logan, Director of Learning, Scottish Government
  • Karen Reid, Chief Executive, Perth & Kinross Council 
  • Eddie Follan, Chief Officer, Children and Young People (CoSLA)
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