The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act received royal assent on Wednesday 7 August 2013.

View the Act.

Post-16 bill hailed as legislative landmark: TESS - 05 July 2013

MSP Briefing - Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 Debate

Colleges Scotland supports the objectives of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill. Stage 2 consideration delivered several significant improvements to the Bill for the college sector and for the effective implementation of colleges’ reforms. This briefing considers the areas which we believe merit consideration as ways of further improving the Bill at Stage 3 and the issues of implementation to be considered going forward if the Bill passes.

pdf MSP Briefing - Post 16 Education (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 Debate - 26 June 2013 (73 KB)

Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill Stage 2 Progress Report

The stage 2 process of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill has been completed. Almost 200 amendments were considered in total, the majority of which concerned the provisions for colleges. The Bill is now moving to stage 3 where final amendments will be considered by the whole Parliament.  The Bill as amended will then be debated and voted on.

Following agreement by members, Colleges Scotland proposed almost 50 of the amendments considered in the 11 areas. Eight of these 11 proposals have been fully or partially achieved, and progress is expected to be made at stage 3 on a further area. Further activity is to take place as indicated.

pdf Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill Stage 2 Progress Report (36 KB)

MSP Briefing - Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Debate

Colleges Scotland supports the broad aims of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill. This briefing comments on aspects of the Bill where concerns still exist which will affect the college sector and particularly, highlights those provisions of the Bill that could be enhanced at Stage 2.

pdf MSP Briefing - Post 16 Education Bill Stage 1 Debate - March 2013 (53 KB) - 27 March 2013

pdf Media Statement on Post-16 Education Bill Debate - 27 March 2013 (74 KB)

Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill – Written Evidence to the Education and Culture Committee on the General Principles of the Bill

Colleges Scotland welcomes the opportunity to provide evidence on the general principles of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill. Our response concentrates on the key issues and potential areas of concern arising from these proposals for the college sector.

pdf Post 16 Education (Scotland) Bill - Written Evidence to the Education and Culture Committee on the General Principles of the Bill (58 KB)

Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill

Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill - The Bill proposes “to make provision about the support for, and the governance of, further and higher education institutions, including provision for the regionalisation of colleges; to make provision for reviews of how further and higher education is provided; to make provision for sharing information about young people’s involvement in education and training; and for connected purposes”. View the Post-16 Education Bill, Policy Memorandum and Explanatory Notes. View the Scottish Government’s press release on the Bill.