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 (12KB pdf).

Curriculum for Excellence - National qualifications

On Tuesday 7 October, the Committee discussed the implementation of the new National Qualifications with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

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

Historic Environment Scotland Bill

The Stage 3 debate will take place on 4 November.  Amendments should be lodged by 4.30pm on 29 October.

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

23rd Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2014

Date: 23rd Meeting, Tuesday 07 October 2014

Location: James Clerk Maxwell Room (Committee Room 4)

Papers for meeting 7 October 2014 (649KB pdf)

Official Report of Meeting 7 October 2014

Watch a 'Highlights' video of the meeting

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

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