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).

Parliament Day Dunfermline

We will meet in Dunfermline City Chambers on 7 December. 

BBC charter renewal

The Committee will take evidence in early 2016.

Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill

The Committee will aim to publish its Stage 1 report in mid-December. 

Public bodies - Spending decisions and outcomes

The Committee intends to raise with the Scottish Government the main issues arising from the sessions.

Student Support

The Committee will discuss student support at its meeting on 24 November.

Education (Scotland) Bill

The first meeting to deal with amendments at Stage 2 will be on 1 December where we will consider amendments lodged to sections 5 to 17 and the schedule.

Attainment of school pupils with a sensory impairment

The Committee published its report on 23 September 2015: Committee report 

Educational attainment gap

The Scottish Government has responded to the Committee's letter on the main issues arising from the recent evidence sessions.

Subordinate Legislation

The Committee will consider Scottish Statutory Instruments that fall within the subject matter of its remit.

Committee Meetings

28th Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 28th Meeting, Tuesday 24 November 2015

Location: The Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

Decision on taking business in private

Student Support

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2016/17: Education spending

Subordinate Legislation

The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Monday 30 November 2015.

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

10th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Attainment of pupils with a sensory impairment

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Contact us

Clerk: Terry Shevlin

0131 348 5222

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