Education Reforms


About the Inquiry

These webpages will provide information on the pieces of work that the Committee undertakes on the Scottish Government's education reforms. 

The Scottish Government has stated that it will reform aspects of the structure of school education to support its goal of improving attainment and closing the attainment gap.   

The Scottish Government identified a number of areas where it will seek to make changes: 

• The legal framework where decisions are taken;
• Culture and capacity within the system;
• Collaboration between local authorities and schools;
• The way in which funding is distributed and staff are allocated to schools; and
• The level of bureaucracy. 

Some of these changes may require primary legislation (a bill) and the Scottish Government has indicated that it will introduce an Education (Scotland) Bill before the end of the 2017/18 Parliamentary year.  

The Committee is very interested in following and scrutinising these reforms and has decided to start doing so before the bill is introduced. 

Key Scottish Government publications 

If you are interested in the Scottish Government's approach to these reforms, you may wish to read the following documents: 

Education Governance: Next Steps - Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to Deliver Excellence and Equity for Our Children (June 2017) 

Empowering Schools: A consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill (November 2017)



The Committee's work on the reforms are likely to include a number of strands.  As the work develops, links to the webpages covering that work will be included below.

Education policy experts (late 2017)


The convener received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills regarding the launch of  the Empowering Schools: A Consultation on the Provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill.