Education Leadership and Professional Learning Subgroup - minutes: March 2023

Minutes from the group's meeting on 9 March 2023.

Attendees and apologies


  • Lesley Whelan (chair), Education Scotland
  • Carol Young, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)
  • Louise Barrett, Scottish Council of Deans of Education
  • Asif Chishti, General Teaching Council (Scotland)
  • Sarah Guy, Early Learning and Childcare, Scottish Government
  • Tara Lillis, NASUWT
  • Audrey Farley, Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative
  • Mark Langdon, Glasgow Life
  • Mélina Valdelièvre, Education Scotland


  • Samir Sharma, Quality Improvement Officer, Glasgow City Council
  • Khadija Mohammed, Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE)
  • Charlotte Dwyer, ScotDec (Scottish Development Centre)

Items and actions


Lesley Whelan welcome colleagues both in person and online for the first ELPL hybrid meeting. Apologies were noted.

Note of last meeting

The group agreed that this was an accurate note of the meeting. Updates were provided on a couple of actions:

  • the Anti-Racism in Education Summit is not going ahead as it is hoped this will become part of the work of the new First Minister. The work on the anti-racism pledge/challenge could still be used
  • equality data needs to be raised at the AREP Board
  • the Learning for Sustainability Review could be more joined up

Action plan update from 2022 to 2023

Members reviewed the ELPL action plan from 2022. Members were asked to reflect on the existing actions/outcomes and consider:

  • what progress on existing outcomes across the system can be captured
  • what additions/changes may be necessary at this stage
  • what barriers there may be to progress and how these might be addressed
  • who are the action owners? Who else may need to be involved
  • what are the priorities for this year that need to be considered more fully

Members suggested combining actions 3 and 4 as these require flexibility to respond to emerging needs and developments from the Curriculum Reform workstream and the Racism & Racist Incidents workstreams. Member’s comments and suggestions were captured on an action grid, to be further refined and agreed by the group.

Any other business and next steps

There was no AOB. Members were asked to review the ELPL action grid comments and share by correspondence any further suggestions.

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