COVID-19 Education Recovery Group minutes: 31 July 2020

Minutes and papers from 31 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)
  • Eddie Follan, Chief Officer, Children and Young People (CoSLA)
  • Graeme Logan, Director of Learning, Scottish Government
  • Sam Anson Deputy Director of Improvement, Attainment & Wellbeing, Scottish Government 
  • Andy Drought, Deputy Director of Workforce, Infrastructure and Reform, Scottish Government
  • Sheena Devlin, Executive Director, Perth & Kinross Council (ADES)
  • Joanna Murphy, Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS)
  • Greg Dempster, General Secretary, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS)
  • Fiona Robertson, Chief Executive, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • Jim Thewliss, General Secretary, School Leaders Scotland (SLS)
  • Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People
  • Gayle Gorman, Chief Executive and Chief Inspector, Education Scotland
  • Alison Cumming, Interim Director of Early Learning & Childcare, Scottish Government 
  • Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS)
  • John Gallacher, Regional Manager (UNISON)
  • Ken Muir, Chief Executive, General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • Karen Reid, Chief Executive, Perth & Kinross Council 
  • Frank Strang, Deputy Director, Covid Response Directorate, Scottish Government
  • Dona Milne, Director of Public Health, Fife
  • Marion McCormack Deputy Director, Community Surveillance, Scottish Government


  • Carrie Lindsay, President, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)
  • Jane Brumpton, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
  • Maria Walker, Strategic Director, Education Scotland
  • Gillian Hamilton, Strategic Director, Education Scotland
  • Jane O’Donnell, Head of Policy, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA)  
  • Elizabeth Morrison, Deputy Director, Scottish Government
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