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Education section 70 form: make a complaint

Published: 18 Apr 2013

Under section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 anyone has the right to refer alleged failings relating to education to the Scottish Ministers.

Section 70 complaints can only be made in respect of an alleged failure by a relevant body to carry out a duty imposed on them by legislation relating to education.

It does not apply to common-law duties (such as a duty of care) nor is it concerned with the merits of a decision of any education provider (section 70 is not intended to enable the Scottish Ministers to quash a decision made by any education provider just because they disagree with it).

Section 70 gives a discretionary power for the Scottish Ministers to make an order to enforce a statutory duty to be carried out.

Education Scotland will investigate the case and act as advisers to the Scottish Ministers.

Education - Section 70 - complaint form.pdf

6 page PDF


The Scottish Ministers  Learning Directorate
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18 Apr 2013
Education section 70 form: make a complaint