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Types of Advice & Support for Members

Our commitment to you
As well as acting as the collective voice of the profession The EIS offers free professional advice and support to all members, as appropriate.

As an EIS member you have access to advice, support and help from the EIS when you most need it. This could be, for example, when you are threatened with legal action or need advice or help on other work related matters.

Who to contact
Whatever the concern, the first person to contact is normally the EIS representative OR Branch Secretary – and thereafter the EIS Local Association or Area Office.

The Local Association may also need the help and backup of EIS Area Offices and EIS Headquarters in Edinburgh, especially when circumstances are particularly serious.

Disciplinary action
Assistance will be provided too on the occasions that individual teachers face the possibility of disciplinary action by the school, local authority or other employer or General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Raising a Grievance
Teachers have the right to raise a grievance on aspects of their work with which they are concerned, and in these circumstances too, EIS advice and support are available.

Legal advice
The EIS has access to the very best legal advice when that is required and uses quality law firms and solicitors of repute.

Legal advice and representation can only be provided with the approval of the Employment Relations Committee and only in connection with a matter arising from your employment.

On the rare occasions that matters end up in court the EIS can offer full support and assistance.

Benevolent Fund
The EIS also has a Benevolent Fund which is available to all members who have been in the EIS for at least 1 year.

This fund is intended to provide assistance for those suffering severe financial hardship due to circumstances outwith their control.

For further information on the EIS Benevolent Fund please click here.