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).

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

The Committee took oral evidence from Mark Griffin MSP on Tuesday 16 December. 

The next evidence session is scheduled for 24 February 2015.

Time to Shine - Scotland's National Youth Arts Strategy

We will take oral evidence on Time to Shine on 13 January 2015. We would welcome your views on the youth arts strategy, in writing, by 7 January 2015.

Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2015-16

The Committee's report will be published as an annexe to the Finance Committee report in January 2015.

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.

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

1st Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 1st Meeting, Tuesday 13 January 2015

Location: The Alexander Fleming Room

The Committee will next meet on Tuesday 13 January 2015.  The agenda and meeting papers will be available from 9 January 2015.

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

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