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).

Attainment of school pupils with a sensory impairment

The Committee is currently seeking views on the inquiry.

Educational attainment gap

The call for views on the topics under consideration in this inquiry is now closed.

A report on the parent survey has now been published.

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

The Committee has finished taking evidence on the Bill and plans to publish its report in late April.

Petition PE1530

The Committee has written to the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages.

V&A Museum of Design, Dundee

The Committee has received correspondence from Dundee City Council, Design Dundee Ltd. and the Scottish Government giving additional information about the construction of the Museum.

Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2015-16

The Committee's Report on the Draft Budget 2015-16 was published as an annexe to the Finance Committee report on 12 January 2015.

Curriculum for Excellence - National qualifications

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning attended our meeting on 3 February. The focus of the meeting was the new Highers. 

Inquiry into decision making on whether to take children into care

The Acting Minister for Children and Young People has provided a further written update on Scottish Government activity relevant to the Committee's inquiry.

Subordinate Legislation

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

Committee Meetings

8th Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 8th Meeting, Tuesday 31 March 2015

Location: The Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

Educational Attainment Gap - The Role of Parents

Education (Scotland) Bill

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

3rd Report, 2015 (Session 4): Subordinate legislation