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).

Education (Scotland) Bill

The Committee has issued a call for written evidence on the Bill.

The Committee has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning seeking a response to some factual questions in advance of the evidence session with the Scottish Government on 28 April.

Attainment of school pupils with a sensory impairment

The Committee is currently seeking views on the inquiry.

Educational attainment gap

The Committee will hold two further evidence sessions on attainment on 21 and 28 April.  The Committee will also write to the Scottish Government to highlight the main issues arising from the first three evidence sessions.

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.

Curriculum for Excellence - National qualifications

Following the meeting on 3 February to discuss the new Highers, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning responded to some questions that were sent in but not asked at the Committee meeting. 

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

9th Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 9th Meeting, Tuesday 21 April 2015

Location: Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3)

Decision on taking business in private

Educational Attainment Gap (The Role of Employers)

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2016-17

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill (in private)

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Education and Culture Committee

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