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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 25 January 2021
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectoral cooperation



The Culture, Tourism and Major Events Directorate is responsible for the creativity and culture for young people in Scotland. The Directorate's purpose is to:

  • create the conditions for culture, heritage and creative excellence to flourish
  • value and nurture arts, culture and heritage
  • build Scotland's influence and reputation abroad.

Other main actors include the Children and Families Directorate and Local Authorities, which are responsible for education, transport, economic development and cultural and leisure services in their respective areas. Several local authorities have created arms-length trusts to deliver cultural services on their behalf, such as Glasgow Life.

Non-departmental public bodies 

A number of agencies and public bodies working with the Scottish Government are also of relevance:

  • Education Scotland, the body responsible  for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching.
  • the Scottish Qualifications Authority, which is responsible for the assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees.
  • Skills Development Scotland, which works to ensure that Scotland has a diverse workforce with the right skills to meet the needs of employers.
  • Creative Scotland, the national development agency for the arts and creative industries.
  • General Teaching Council for Scotland, which promotes, supports and develops the professional learning of teachers.
  • Museums Galleries Scotland, the national development body for the museums sector.
  • Historic Environment Scotland, which was formed in 2015 by a merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland.
  • the British Council, which is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Non-public actors 

Main non-public actors include the following:

Cross-sectoral cooperation

Creative Learning Networks are formed of partnerships between local authorities, colleges and the culture and communities sectors, working together to ensure that learners are exposed to the best possible creative learning experiences in the context of the Curriculum for Excellence, so increasing their achievements, confidence and skills.

For details of the cross-sectoral cooperation in the youth sector generally, see the article on 'Cross sectoral approach with other ministries'.