Education and Culture Committee


About The Committee

The Committee scrutinises the policies and performance of the Scottish Government and its agencies by considering  relevant legislation; conducting inquiries; scrutinising spending proposals; and carrying out any other work that it considers appropriate.

In practice, the Committee considers a variety of topics such as: 

  • early years and children’s services
  • school, further and higher education
  • lifelong learning
  • the Gaelic and Scots languages
  • culture and the arts.

If you wish to receive regular updates on the work of the Committee please email the Committee Clerk and you will be added to the Committee’s email contact list.

Current Business

Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2015-16

The Committee has issued a call for evidence.  The closing date for submitting views is 24 October 2014.

Read the call for evidence

Work Programme

The Committee has agreed its Work Programme (12KB pdf).

Curriculum for Excellence - National qualifications

The Committee will hear evidence on 30 September to assess the implementation of the new qualifications and look forward as the Curriculum for Excellence and national qualifications progress. 

On 7 October the Committee will hear evidence from the Cabinet Secretary.  What questions do you think the Committee should ask the Cabinet Secretary?  Get in touch by 1 October by emailing

Inquiry into decision making on whether to take children into care

The Committee received an update on the inquiry from Who Cares? Scotland on 5 August, and from Scottish Government officials on 12 August.

Historic Environment Scotland Bill

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 on 19 August 2014.

Scotland's Educational and Cultural Future Inquiry

The aim of the Inquiry was to contribute to the debate on Scotland's educational and cultural future in the context of the Referendum in 2014.  The Committee has concluded the Inquiry.

Committee Meetings

22nd Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2014

Date: 22nd Meeting, Tuesday 30 September 2014

Location: The James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

Curriculum for Excellence: National Qualifications

Draft Budget 2015-16

The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Thursday 2 October 2014.

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

7th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Subordinate legislation