Education Reform: Expert Panel meeting minutes: 14 January 2022

Minutes from the meeting of the group on 14 January 2022.

Attendees and apologies


  • Professor Ken Muir (Chair), Independent Advisor to Scottish Government
  • Billy Burke, Head Teacher, Renfrew High School
  • Professor Graham Donaldson, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Louise Hayward, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Walter Humes, University of Stirling
  • Professor Anne Looney, Dublin City University
  • Khadija Mohammed, Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators
  • Cathy McCulloch, Children’s Parliament
  • Dr Naomi Stanford, Organization Design author and consultant
  • Shirley Anderson, Secretariat
  • Sian Balfour, Secretariat
  • Nina Hyslop, Secretariat
  • David Roy, Secretariat


  • none

Items and actions


Professor Muir welcomed panel members to the meeting and thanked them for their support and engagement in his work as Independent Advisor on Education Reform.

The note from the fifth meeting of the Expert Panel had been issued to members. The note was agreed.

Update from Advisor

Professor Muir updated panel members on the work underway into drafting his report and recommendations. This meeting of the Expert Panel was arranged to hold final discussions, invite comments, and address points of clarity to help Ken work up within the final iteration of the report.

Draft report

A copy of the draft report had been shared confidentially with Expert Panel members in advance. Panel members all commented that the pace and breadth of work undertaken had been exceptional and well managed, given the relatively short timescale that had been assigned. They observed the variety and depth of discussions and feedback from a wide range of those with an interest in Scottish education, including stakeholders, learners, teachers, practitioners and parent/carers.

Discussions turned to the report and recommendations drafted and shared, to review clarity, omissions, and alignment to Professor Muir’s remit.

Feedback was collated and Professor Muir confirmed he would consider this when finalising the various sections and recommendations within his report.

Next steps

Panel members were asked to return any further specific comments in respect of the draft report via email by 19 January, to help Ken meet the deadline of submitting the final report to the Cabinet Secretary by end of January.

Any other business

Ken closed the meeting by thanking the Expert Panel members for all their support and advice and for sharing their considerable expertise with him over the past six months.

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