Section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 - draft guidance for users of the section 70 complaints process

Closes 20 Nov 2017

Opened 28 Aug 2017

Overview

Under section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, any interested party can make a reference to Scottish Ministers where that party believes that a responsible body (an education authority, managers of an independent or grant-aided school or any other educational establishment, or other persons) has failed to carry out a statutory duty in relation to education.

The guidance on section 70 complaints to Scottish Ministers is intended to provide support to all those involved in the section 70 process, including those who are considering or who have made a section 70 complaint.

This guidance document explains the changes made by section 24 of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 and the Section 70 (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 to the section 70 process.  

It is intended that these amendments to the Act will commence in January 2018.

The guidance is intended to set out in detail what can be considered within a section 70 complaint, what cannot be considered and in those circumstances how a complaint relating to certain matters may be made. The guidance is also intended to provide information on the way in which complaints are considered and provide advice and guidance on how to make a complaint.

Why We Are Consulting

The aim of the guidance is that it is clear, and provides consistent, concise and helpful advice and information about the complaints process. This consultation on the draft guidance seeks your views on whether this aim has been achieved.

Download the consultation paper.

Give Us Your Views

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Education