The Council of the EIS incorporates 5 subcommittees:
Its main function is to ensure that the work of the Council is properly carried out.
Its other functions include the financial and administrative affairs of the EIS, staffing, the EIS Constitution, training of EIS members, and the political trade union and international work of the EIS.
It also has a role in coordinating EIS activities both nationally and locally.
The main role of the EIS Education Committee is the development of the educational policies of the EIS and the pursuit of these policies in schools, colleges and universities.
It also has a role in the determination of teacher professionalism, in seeking to define quality in education and also in responding to educational initiatives from the Scottish Executive and other bodies.
The Employment Relations Committee of the EIS deals with employment matters, health and safety issues, legal affairs and also the benevolent work of the EIS.
The committee also has a role in supporting members on legal, grievance and disciplinary matters and other casework related issues.
The Equality Committee of the EIS promotes the equality of opportunity of all teachers and lecturers in Scotland regardless of race, gender, sexuality and disability.
The role of the EIS Salaries Committee is to seek to maintain and enhance the salaries and conditions of service of teachers in Scotland largely through the work of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).
On issues of pay and conditions of service it is the main negotiating committee of the EIS. It also deals with superannuation matters.