The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) is the largest teaching union in Scotland. Founded in 1847 the EIS is also the oldest teaching union in the world. 


We have developed policies covering the full range of educational and professional issues which impact on teachers in nursery, primary secondary and special schools.

We also respond to consultative documents on educational matters from the Scottish Government and other national bodies. In these discussions, all senior EIS representatives are informed by developed EIS policy on educational matters.


We campaign for quality continuing professional development for all teachers and, in partnership with a number of university providers have responsibility for delivering a growing number of CPD opportunities. We play an important role in the campaign to protect the distinctive nature of Scottish education and the quality of provision.

Pay and Conditions of Service

We negotiate on all matters of pay and conditions of service on behalf of school teachers with local authority and government representatives within the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT). We are the largest union represented, and have the overall majority on the teachers’ side.