Scotland's Educational and Cultural Future Inquiry



The Committee held an inquiry into Scotland’s potential educational and cultural future – whether there was a yes or no vote – following the independence referendum on 18 September 2014.

Themes for the inquiry

The Committee identified three broad themes for the inquiry: further and higher education; early years, childcare and employability; and broadcasting and culture.

Scotland’s Future

The three themes are informed by the Scottish Government’s White Paper Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland, which sets out its proposals for an independent Scotland.


Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 30 January 2014.  The call for evidence is now closed.

Read the written submissions received

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at the following meetings:

25 March: Further and higher education

Watch the video of the evidence session 

1 April: Early years, childcare and employability

Watch the video of the evidence session

22 April: Broadcasting and culture

Watch the video of the evidence session

29 April: Cabinet Secretary for Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment; Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs; and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Watch the video of the evidence session

Read the meeting papers and Official Reports


The aim of the Inquiry was to contribute to the debate on Scotland's educational and cultural future in the context of the Referendum in 2014. 

The Committee did not report to Parliament on the conclusion of the Inquiry; the written and oral evidence received formed the output of the Inquiry.

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