Education (Scotland) Bill


Outcome: E

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to impose duties in relation to reducing pupils’ inequalities of outcome; to modify the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 and section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980; to make provision about Gaelic medium education, about the provision of school meals, for appointing Chief Education Officers and in relation to registration of independent schools and teachers in grant-aided schools; to extend the duty to provide early learning and childcare to certain children; and for connected purposes.

Current Status of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced by Angela Constance MSP on 23 March 2015 and passed by the Parliament on 2 February 2016.


Stage 1

Lead Committee: Education and Culture 

Consideration by lead committee:

28 April 2015 (evidence)

9 June 2015 (evidence)

23 June 2015 (evidence)

1 September 2015

8 September 2015

17 November 2015 (evidence)

9th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Stage 1 Report on the Education (Scotland) Bill

Consideration by other committees

5 May 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

27 May 2015 (Finance)

9 June 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

17 June 2015 (Finance)

1 September 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

Report by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on the Bill at Stage 1

Report by the Finance Committee on the Financial Memorandum

After Passing

Received Royal Assent on 8 March 2016.


Reconsideration Stage