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

Work Programme

The Committee has agreed its Work Programme (113KB pdf).

Educational attainment gap

The Committee is currently seeking views on three topics under consideration.

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

The next evidence session is scheduled for 24 February 2015.

Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2015-16

The Committee's Report on the Draft Budget 2015-16 was published as an annexe to the Finance Committee report on 12 January 2015.

Curriculum for Excellence - National qualifications

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning will attend our meeting on 3 February. The focus of the meeting will be the new Highers. 

We welcome your questions for the Cabinet Secretary on the new Highers or other topical issue relating to the Curriculum for Excellence.  We would also welcome written submissions on the new Highers. 

Send your questions or submissions to by 27 January.

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.

Committee Meetings

3rd Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 3rd Meeting, Tuesday 03 February 2015

Location: TBC

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

1st Report, 2015 (Session 4): Subordinate Legislation