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EIS News Items

03 August 2017
Edinburgh College Lecturers Continue Strike Over Colleague’s Dismissal
Edinburgh College lecturers have today embarked on a second day of strike action in support of one of their colleagues who, the EIS believes, has been sacked unfairly via a flawed disciplinary process that relied on anonymous complaints.
04 July 2017
New Survey on Anti-Racist Education and Racism in Schools
Promoting anti-racist education approaches is a long-standing commitment for the EIS.
26 April 2017
No Justification for charging pupils to sit SQA Music Qualifications
The EIS has questioned the decision by Dumfries & Galloway council to charge pupils intending to sit SQA exams in Music for Instrumental Tuition.
26 April 2017
FE Lecturers on Strike Today Over Colleges' Refusal to Honour the Deal
Further Education Lecturers in colleges across Scotland are on strike today (Thursday) over the refusal of College Management to honour a deal on pay and conditions that was reached more than a year ago.
26 April 2017
College Management refuses to Honour Pay & Conditions Deal
The EIS spent 9 hours at ACAS talks with FE College Management representatives on Tuesday 25th April 2017.
26 April 2017
Report from ACAS Talks
Despite the best efforts of ACAS and our team we made no progress and as a result our strike on Thursday 27th April 2017 goes ahead.
25 April 2017
FE Lecturers Vote For Strike Action Over Broken Promises On Pay
College lecturer members of the EIS have overwhelmingly backed strike action in a dispute over broken promises on fair pay.
21 April 2017
update on national bargaining & forthcoming national strike action
A newsletter giving an update to members on national bargaining and the forthcoming national strike action.
20 April 2017
Colleges Scotland Peddling Alternative Facts
The EIS has highlighted documentation which confirms that Colleges Scotland is attempting to use “alternative facts” to rewrite the history of the March 2016 NJNC Agreement.
20 April 2017
Colleges Scotland Spin Attempts to Mislead on Lecturers' Pay Agreement
The EIS has slammed Colleges Scotland’s claim that the EIS is blocking the delivery of a fair pay agreement for Further Education Lecturers.
18 April 2017
EIS Manifesto Urges Councils to Take 5 Key Steps to Support Schools
The EIS has launched its new Education Manifesto ahead of the Scottish local authority elections.
13 April 2017
The EIS 2017 Manifesto
Read the 2017 Manifesto to find out the EIS's priorities for Scottish Education in the year ahead.
11 April 2017
EIS Further Education Lecturer’s Association
Result of Statutory Ballot for Strike Action
06 April 2017
Interim Changes to National 5 Qualifications
Commenting on the interim changes to National 5 Qualifications, announced today by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
03 April 2017
Changes to the National Qualifications
It is becoming clear that a degree of confusion remains with regard to the implications of the changes to N5 awards for session 2017/18.
03 April 2017
SEJ March 2017
The March 2017 edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
31 March 2017
SEJ February 2017
The February 2017 edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
30 March 2017
Worldwide Education Summit meets in Edinburgh
Today Edinburgh becomes the focal point for education across the world as it welcomes the 7th International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP).
30 March 2017
EIS Action Research Grants
EIS approved an Education Committee decision to set up a funding stream
28 March 2017
EIS Welcomes Positive Report on Quality of Scottish Education
The EIS has today welcomed a major new report which confirms the many strengths of Scottish education
28 March 2017
SQA Payments for Internally Assessed Course Components of Assessment
The SQA wrote to Directors of Education recently indicating the introduction of payment for teachers in some subjects for internal marking of projects and assignments that contribute to candidates’ final course award
24 March 2017
EIS Opens FE Strike Ballot and Urges Colleges to Honour Pay Agreement
The EIS has issued statutory industrial action ballot papers to members of its Further Education Lecturers’ Association
23 March 2017
College Lecturers Vote Overwhelmingly For Industrial Action on Pay
College lecturers across Scotland have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over the non-delivery of a pay agreement that was reached almost exactly one year ago.
23 March 2017
Update March 2017
Overwhelming Support to Honour the Deal
17 March 2017
North Lanarkshire EIS Clarifies Position on Pupil Equity Fund
Following Thursday evening's ABM of North Lanarkshire's EIS 2 Motions were passed unanimously related to the monitoring and use of the PEF allocations to schools
13 March 2017
Periods of Notice
Tom Tracey, Salaries Convener, reported that at its meeting on 5 October 2016, the SNCT agreed that periods of notice across councils should be determined at national level.
13 March 2017
Edinburgh College Strike Suspended
Tuesday’s strike suspended as college and union agree to ACAS talks
10 March 2017
A message to Edinburgh College members
Firstly, let me thank you for the solidarity displayed in the first two days of strike action. It has been impressive.
01 March 2017
Edinburgh College Lecturers to Strike Over Colleague’s Dismissal
Edinburgh College lecturers will go on strike tomorrow because they believe that one of their colleagues has been sacked unfairly via a flawed disciplinary process that relied on anonymous complaints
27 February 2017
New Teacher Recruitment Campaign is an Important Step
The EIS has welcomed a new teacher recruitment campaign announced by the Scottish Government.
23 February 2017
EIS Introduces new 'Myths of Immigration' Booklet
EIS provides new 'Myths of Immigration' guides for teachers & lecturers
21 February 2017
First primary schools in Scotland to be named ‘Digital Schools’
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science will present the awards to the first primary schools in Scotland to achieve ‘Digital School’ status.
17 February 2017
EIS Opens Indicative Industrial Action Ballot Over FE Pay Deal
The EIS has today opened an indicative industrial action ballot of its FELA members over the non-delivery of a pay agreement that was reacher over one year ago.
16 February 2017
American Federation of Teachers Webinar
AFT vows to protect American publish education from President Trump
15 February 2017
EIS-ULA Training for Reps and Members Considering Becoming Reps
New two-day training course EIS-ULA representatives
15 February 2017
Update February 2017
February Update on National Bargaining
13 February 2017
EIS Declares Dispute with Colleges Over Progress of Pay Agreement
The EIS has announced that EIS-FELA has declared a dispute with college management over the lack of progress in implementing the national pay deal which was agreed almost one year ago.
13 February 2017
EIS Reponds to Edinburgh School Buildings Report
The EIS has highlighted that the recent Edinburgh School Buildings Report raises serious concerns
31 January 2017
EIS Responds to Scottish Government Statement on Bailey Gwynne Report
The EIS has welcomed today’s Scottish Parliament statement by Cabinet Secretary John Swinney in relation to the Bailey Gwynne Report’s findings.
19 January 2017
EIS Welcomes new Investment in Teachers in Nursery Education
The EIS has today welcomed the announcement of a new £1.5M investment to recruit additional teachers and graduate specialists into nurseries in deprived areas of Scotland.
19 January 2017
Why the EIS should be your union
Video detailing the work of the EIS and the benefits of becoming a member.
18 January 2017
EIS Questions Registration Fee Increase
EIS Questions Decision to Increase Teachers' Registration Fee by 30%
17 January 2017
EIS Welcomes Focus on Improving SQA's Support for Schools
The EIS has welcomed the publication of a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee which identifies the need for improvements in the SQA.
13 January 2017
FELA December Bulletin 2016
December Update on National Bargaining
13 January 2017
Governance Review Consultation Closes
The EIS has said that maintaining appropriate democratic accountability at local level is key to education service delivery.
06 January 2017
Democratic Accountability Remains Key to Delivery of Education as Public Service
As the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Review of Education Governance closes today the EIS has said that maintaining appropriate democratic accountability at local level is key to education service delivery.
02 January 2017
EIS Welcomes Additional £120m Attainment Funding for Schools
The EIS has today welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that details the allocation of additional funding for attainment initiatives in schools across Scotland.
22 December 2016
Festive School Shows Bringing Communities Together
The EIS has today highlighted the importance of school festive shows in bringing communities together.
22 December 2016
Additional Support Needed - EIS Warns Against Mainstreaming on the Cheap
The EIS has warned that the principle of mainstreaming is under threat by the continuing cuts to ASN provision in schools across the country
22 December 2016
EIS Secures Over £600K for Members Injured at Work
The EIS has secured over £600,000 in compensation settlements for members injured at work over the past year.
22 December 2016
Teachers Resolve to 'Get it Right for Girls'
The EIS is urging teachers to resolve to ‘Get it Right for Girls’ in 2017.
20 December 2016
Higher Education News December 2016
This newsletter is to update you on some of the latest developments in Higher Education, and potential consequences for EIS-ULA members.
16 December 2016
Additional Budget Investment in Education is a Step in the Right Direction
The EIS has welcomed the Scottish Government’s stated intent to invest more in Scottish education in the year ahead.
16 December 2016
SEJ December 2016
The December 2016 edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
16 December 2016
Teachers' Pay Claim 2017
Copy of the Teachers' Pay Claim 2017
15 December 2016
New Campaign Materials
Updated materials for the workload campaign
14 December 2016
EIS Welcomes NIF Improvement Plan but Cautions Over Standardised Assessment
The EIS regards the publication of the 2017 National Improvement Framework Plan for Scottish Education as further evidence of the Scottish Government’s commitment to reducing the achievement gap.
13 December 2016
Education Stats Highlight Both Good News and Continuing Challenges
The EIS has said that Scottish Government figures released today contain some good news for Scottish education but highlight some significant challenges.
06 December 2016
PISA Results Make Clear that Investment in Education is Vital
The EIS has urged commentators to exercise caution in their analysis of today’s results of the PISA.
01 December 2016
EIS Response to the Governance Review
The EIS response to the Scottish Government's Governance Review
01 December 2016
Prevent Duty Guidance
Advice to members on Prevent Duty
30 November 2016
EIS Welcomes Teacher Recruitment Drive, But Warns Against Shortcuts
The EIS has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that it is to step up teacher recruitment and explore appropriate alternative pathways into the teaching profession.
14 November 2016
Working Longer and Early Retirement Working Group for Teachers
I write to seek a meeting to see if we can resolve the impasse in the discussions within the above working group.
19 October 2016
SEJ October 2016

10 October 2016
EIS writes to Scottish Universities on behalf of EU National Members
The EIS has written to all Scottish Universities on behalf of its members that are EU nationals
07 October 2016
New Publication Highlights Importance of Teachers in Early Years
The EIS and the Child’s Curriculum Group will, over two days this week, launch a follow-up publication to the survey report released earlier this year on the contribution of registered teachers in the early years sector
07 October 2016
Sustain The Ambition - The contribution of GTCS - Registered Teachers in Early Years
Introducing our new publication: Sustain The Ambition
06 October 2016
National Bargaining: EIS-FELA Briefing Paper (June 2016)
This briefing paper sets out the current position on developments within the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC), which deals with national bargaining across the college sector in Scotland.
05 October 2016
EIS Research into For Profit Provision in the Scottish HE Sector
The EIS commissioned research into ‘for profit provision’ (i.e. private firms) in the Scottish Higher Education sector.
30 September 2016
EIS Suspends Industrial Action, But Warns SQA Must Deliver Change
The EIS has today confirmed that it is suspending its programme of industrial action in relation to SQA workload.
30 September 2016
Industrial Action Success
The EIS led proposal to remove unit assessments from both Higher and National 5 Qualifications was approved yesterday by the CfE Management Board.
21 September 2016
EIS Industrial Action Leads to Welcome Reduction in NQ Workload
The EIS has welcomed today’s announcement that mandatory unit assessments are to be removed from National 5 and Higher courses.
16 September 2016
Deep cuts to Support Staff are bad news for D&G Schools
The EIS has voiced serious concerns over the recent decision by Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) Council to axe Full-Time classroom support staff from the authority’s schools.
16 September 2016
Review Must Enhance Support for Schools, Promote Local Democracy
The EIS has called for the Scottish Government’s Review of School Governance to deliver increased and more effective support for schools
08 September 2016
Update on NQ Workload Campaign
The National Review Group on Qualifications and Assessment meets again next week.
07 September 2016
Secondary Teachers Vote Overwhelmingly for Industrial Action on SQA Workload
Secondary teachers across Scotland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action on excessive SQA-related workload.
02 September 2016
Get it Right for Girls
The EIS has produced new guidance for teachers on challenging misogynistic attitudes among children and young people.
30 August 2016
New Curricular Guidance Welcome – But Action Needed on Workload
The EIS has welcomed new curricular guidance issued today by the Scottish Government
26 August 2016
Secondary Teachers Step up Industrial Action as Schools Return
The return to school marks the continuation of a programme of industrial action, short of strike, by teachers in Secondary schools across Scotland.
25 August 2016
Audit Scotland Report Highlights Further Education Challenges
The EIS has highlighted the many challenges that continue to face Scotland’s Further Education sector.
17 August 2016
EIS Confirms Statutory Industrial Action Ballot over SQA Workload
The EIS has today (Friday) confirmed that it will move to a statutory industrial action ballot in relation to the excessive assessment demands placed on teachers and pupils by the SQA.
17 August 2016
EIS Expresses Disappointment with Result of National Qualifications Review
The EIS has today expressed its disappointment in the final recommendations of the Working Group on Assessments and National Qualifications.
17 August 2016
EIS to Move to Statutory Ballot if Government Group Fails to Cut Workload
Seeking reductions in qualifications-related workload for Secondary teacher
17 August 2016
New Working Group Welcome, But Meaningful Workload Reductions Must be Delivered
The EIS has welcomed today’s announcement of the establishment of a Working Group on Improving School Qualifications.
17 August 2016
Overwhelming Vote for Industrial Action on Qualifications Workload
Action needed to reduce excessive workload
17 August 2016
SEJ AGM 2016
An AGM special edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
09 August 2016
EIS Response to the Cabinet Secretary's Speech
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan responds to John Swinney's speech at the EIS AGM.
09 August 2016
Pupils and Teachers Deserve Praise for Strong Exam Results
The EIS has welcomed the strong set of exam results achieved by pupils across Scotland this year.
28 July 2016
EIS Calls for Increased Funding and Resources for Named Person
Commenting in response to today’s (Thursday) ruling to reject the introduction of the Scottish Government’s named person scheme, Larry Flanagan, General Secretary of the EIS said:
26 July 2016
EIS Manifesto - Standing up for Scottish Education
The EIS has published its own Manifesto, entitled Standing up for Scottish Education, to highlight our policy priorities for Scottish education during the next parliament.
09 July 2016
Government Commitment to Education Welcome - But Challenges Remain
The EIS has welcomed the focus on Scottish education outlined in the Programme for Government statement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
05 July 2016
SATS Chaos a Warning to Scottish Education
EIS Comment on SATS results
04 July 2016
The General Secretary's Address
EIS General Secretary addresses delegates at the 2016 AGM
04 July 2016
President's Address
EIS President Pat Flanagan addresses the EIS AGM 2016.
29 June 2016
Education Delivery Plan - EIS comment
The EIS has commented on the Scottish Government's Education Delivery Plan
22 June 2016
Education Summit - Reducing Workload
Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, invited all teacher trade unions to submit specific ideas on how to reduce excessive levels of workload
14 June 2016
Teaching Unions Caution on Local Authority Reorganisation
Scotland’s two largest teaching unions, the EIS and the SSTA, have urged caution over the potential reorganisation of education provision to a regional-based model.
13 June 2016
New Short Film Highlights Impact of ‘School Costs’ on Families With Low Incomes
The EIS and CPAG Scotland will launch the short film ‘School Costs’ today,
13 June 2016
Face Up to Child Poverty: Poverty-proofing your school
the Equality Department has prepared a package of resources to assist EIS members in schools and colleges
10 June 2016
EIS AGM: General Secretary Urges Teachers to Stand Together to Reject Excessive Assessment Burden
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan, has used his AGM address to urge Scotland’s teachers to stand together to reject the overburdening of pupils and teachers with excessive assessment.
05 June 2016
West Dunbartonshire Teachers Vote to Accept new Deal
Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire have voted to accept a recommended package to end the long running dispute.
01 June 2016
SEJ June 2016
The June 2016 edition of the SEJ.
31 May 2016
Survey Shows Good Performance in Numeracy, but Challenges Remain
Commenting on today’s publication of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) results focusing on numeracy, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
26 May 2016
Commitment on Assessment Workload is Welcome - But Doesn't go Far Enough
The EIS has welcomed today’s statement by Education Secretary John Swinney on the need to streamline SQA assessment procedures
24 May 2016
Industrial Action Ballot on SQA Assessment Workload Open
The EIS has opened a statutory industrial action ballot for Secondary teachers...
20 May 2016
EIS Issues New Advice on Scottish Government's National Assessment Plans
The EIS has issued interim advice to teachers in relation to the Scottish Government’s National Improvement Framework (NIF) which includes proposals for the introduction of national standardised assessments in all schools.
18 May 2016
Scottish Cabinet Reshuffle - EIS welcomes new Education Secretary
Commenting on the appointment of the new Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
06 May 2016
FELA Pay Ballot Result
Scotland’s Further Education College Lecturers have given their overwhelming approval to a national pay offer in a ballot organised by the EIS.
26 April 2016
West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers' Strike to Continue
Teachers in West Dunbartonshire’s Secondary schools will continue their ongoing campaign against cuts to Principal Teacher posts
21 April 2016
Major Education Hustings to be Live-Streamed Tonight from 7pm
The SEJ Teaching Scotland have joined forces to host an important Education Hustings tonight in Edinburgh.
19 April 2016
EIS Raises PPP/PFI School Concerns at Scottish Trades Union Congress
The EIS has successfully called on the Scottish Trades Union Congress to support the push for a review of PFI/PPP schools, to ensure that all buildings are safe, well maintained and value for money.
19 April 2016
EIS Challenges West Dunbartonshire Council Claims as Dispute Continues
The EIS has written to all West Dunbartonshire councillors in a challenge to the Council over unfounded claims it has made in relation to strike action by secondary teachers.
11 April 2016
Closure of Edinburgh Schools on Safety Grounds
Commenting on Edinburgh Council's decision to temporarily close 17 schools on safety grounds, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said...
29 March 2016
West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers Commence Two-Day Strike
Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire will today (Wednesday 30 March) commence two-days of strike action in a continuing dispute over cuts to Principal teacher posts in the authority’s Secondary schools.
29 March 2016
Ballot to be held on new FE pay offer - EIS recommends acceptance
New offer on the table for further education lecturers
23 March 2016
SEJ April 2016
The latest edition of the April SEJ with a special election manifesto pull out
21 March 2016
West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers to Restart Strike Action
The EIS Emergency Committee gave approval to four more days of strike action in West Dunbartonshire Secondary schools
18 March 2016
EIS Manifesto Urges Holyrood to 'Stand Up for Scottish Education'
The EIS has published its Manifesto for Education ahead of the Scottish Parliament election in May
18 March 2016
Victory in Glasgow Colleges' Strike, but National Pay Dispute Continues
Three Glasgow Further Education colleges have signed the National Recognition and Procedure Agreement
17 March 2016
West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers Reject New Council Offer
Revised offer from the Council on the restructuring of promoted posts
17 March 2016
FE Lecturers Across Scotland on Strike Today in Fair Pay Dispute
Further Education Lecturers at colleges across Scotland are on strike today (Thursday 17 March) as a campaign for fair pay and pay equality in Scotland’s colleges escalates.
17 March 2016
Strike Materials
Download a strike leaflet and placards
17 March 2016
Strike Action FAQs
Details of the upcoming strike actions
16 March 2016
FE Lecturers to Strike for Fair Pay after Overwhelming Ballot Result
Lecturers across Scotland are to embark on a programme of sustained strike action
11 March 2016
Gwen Mayor Trust - A Memorial Charity for Nursery & Primary Schools
A Memorial Charity for Nursery & Primary Schools
06 March 2016
EIS AGM Debates to Feature a Wide Range of Educational Issues
The 169th Annual General Meeting of The EIS will take place in Dundee this week.
01 March 2016
Clarification of EIS Position on Statutory LGBTI+ Curriculum
PUBLICATION: Responding to recent comments in the press
01 March 2016
College Reforms Have Largely Failed to Deliver on Promise
Regionalisation and mergers misused as a means of implementing cuts
26 February 2016
New Funding to Tackle Attainment Gap Must be Properly Targeted
Budget to target persistent poverty-related attainment
18 February 2016
EIS Opens Statutory Strike Ballot for Further Education Lecturers
The strike ballot is in support of the EIS Further Education Lecturers Association (EIS-FELA) pay claim for 2015-16
18 February 2016
Indicative Ballot Results
Welcoming a 55% turnout
16 February 2016
Teacher recruitment - Transition Training Fund
Developing skills across the energy sector
11 February 2016
EIS Says Governance Review must Focus on Support for Schools
The EIS has called on the Scottish Government’s review of school governance to focus primarily on enhancing support for schools.
11 February 2016
New Independent Report Confirms Value of Teachers in Nurseries
A survey report on the contribution of registered teachers in the early years sector has highlighted the significant value that teachers bring
06 February 2016
Standardised Assessment won't Close gap or Overcome Poverty
Commenting today following today’s First Minister’s Questions and answers on the National Improvement Framework and standardised assessment...
25 January 2016
EIS Welcomes £230m Investment in School Estate
Funding for 'Schools for the Future' Programme announced
25 January 2016
Secondary Teachers in West Dunbartonshire Strike
Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire went on strike on Tuesday, 12 January
14 January 2016
College National Bargaining Set to Fail without Scottish Government Action
Cabinet Secretary for Education needs to take direct action
11 January 2016
EIS Offers Qualified Welcome to NIF Announcement
The EIS has welcomed the Scottish Government’s confirmation of the primacy of teacher professional judgement within the NIF but remains unconvinced about the efficacy Standardised Assessments.
18 December 2015
West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers Vote for Industrial Action
Results are in for statutory ballot
15 December 2015
EIS Welcomes Positives in OECD Report - But Challenges Remain
The EIS welcomes the recognition that Scotland’s teachers are ‘engaged and professional’
15 December 2015
Lecturers in Funding Council Protest over College Finance Questions
The demonstration will commence at 2.30pm on Friday 11 December
14 December 2015
EIS Hits Back at Councils Over Teacher Number Failures
Ten local authorities failed to meet their individual agreements on teacher numbers.
09 December 2015
EIS Welcomes Positive News and Continuing Commitment on Teacher Numbers
New Scottish Government statistics, published today, have confirmed that the number of teachers employed across Scotland has held steady.
02 December 2015
EIS Welcomes Teacher Time Guarantee & Boost to School Clothing Grant
New legislation will guarantee primary pupils a minimum of 25 hours teaching time per week
20 November 2015
EIS to Ballot Members for Industrial Action on Qualifications Workload
The decision to open the industrial action ballot has been approved today (Friday) by the EIS Council, having already gained approval of the EIS Executive.
17 November 2015
EIS Raises National Testing Concerns in Evidence to Scottish Parliament
Highlighting concerns over the proposed return to a national system of standardised testing in Scottish schools.