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 (132KB pdf) 

Scotland's Educational and Cultural Future Inquiry

The Committee issued a call for written evidence which has now closed.  Read the written submissions received.

Historic Environment Scotland Bill

Submissions to the Call for Evidence should be received by 22 April 2014.

Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2014-15

The Education and Culture Committee published its report, as an annexe to the Finance Committee Report, on 9 December 2013.

Outdoor learning

The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on issues arising from the evidence session on outdoor learning that was held on 10 December.  A response from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning was received on 21 March 2014.

Creative Scotland

The Committee will consider Creative Scotland’s on-going efforts to respond to concerns expressed by artists.


The Committee will consider six-monthly updates on BBC Scotland's preparation for coverage of the Referendum and the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Committee Meetings

11th Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2014

Date: 11th Meeting, Tuesday 22 April 2014

Location: Robert Burns Room (CR1)

Declaration of interests

Subordinate Legislation

Scotland's educational and cultural future inquiry

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

1st Report, 2014 (Session 4): Subordinate legislation