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).

T in the Park

The Committee has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs. 

BBC charter renewal

The Committee is currently seeking contributions to its inquiry.

Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning will give evidence on 10 November.

Public bodies - Spending decisions and outcomes

Evidence sessions will be held in autumn 2015.

Student Support

The Committee would like your views on Student Support, to be received by 14 October. 

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

23rd Education and Culture Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 23 Meeting, Tuesday 06 October 2015

Location: David Livingstone Room (CR6)

Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 evidence

Subordinate Legislation

Work Programme (in private)

Official Report of Meeting 6 October 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

Keep up to date

Contact us

Clerk: Terry Shevlin

0131 348 5222

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