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 role of Education Scotland (13 December 2017)

Visits and Events

The Committee is looking for views on Education reforms and has several external meetings organised. The Committee is holding several external meetings in January and is inviting young people, parents and those who work in schools to come and tell us your views. Links to more details of these meetings are below.


The Convener received a letter from Youthlink Scotland enclosing their response to the Education Governance: Next Steps publication.  

 The Committee received the following in respect of education reforms

 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.