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).

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.

Historic Environment Scotland Bill

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 on 19 August 2014.

Glasgow School of Art

The Committee held an evidence session on 17 June 2014 in the wake of the fire at the Glasgow School of Art.

Scotland's Educational and Cultural Future Inquiry

The aim of the Inquiry was to contribute to the debate on Scotland's educational and cultural future in the context of the Referendum in 2014.  The Committee has concluded the Inquiry.

Committee Meetings

21st Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2014

Date: 21st Meeting, Tuesday 19 August 2014

Location: The James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

Subordinate Legislation

Historic Environment Scotland Bill - stage 2 proceedings

Curriculum for Excellence: National Qualifications

Official Report of Meeting 19 August 2014 (500KB pdf)

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

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