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Saturday 28th October

A Morning event providing an overview of Health and Wellbeing resources for teachers for their own Health and Wellbeing and those of the young people. Attendees will hear about what is on offer from the employer and then choose three workshops from a variety:-

Mental Health, Cycle to Work, Bereavement, Alcohol, Sedentary behaviour, Laughter, Work/Life balance

Book on CPD Manager: Course Id: 57446

Secretary's Weekly Update - 9th Oct 2017

  1. Health and Wellbeing Conference - Members can sign up for our H&W conference on 28thOctoberon CPD Manager. Please do so as soon as possible in order that we can allocate workshops.
  2. EIS Political Fund Ballot– the Ballot for EIS Political Fund opens tomorrow 10th October. Please read details here and vote YES when you receive your papers. If you would like a branch meeting to discuss the ballot please let me know.
  3. Reps Training– We are offering local reps training on Friday 13thOctober here in the W George St office. New/aspiring reps can sign up to this on CPD Manager. EIS HQ has planned a National Reps conference on 11th November with all details to be found here. Both are great opportunities to learn more about the role of being a school rep
  4. WTAs – If you’re school hasn’t yet submitted your WTA then please let me know if there is a failure to agree or if the WTA will be submitted before the Oct break. The WTA and calendar are intended to help manage workload. Colleagues should use these to frame conversations about workload as all establishments have been asked to identify areas they are working on to reduce workload for all. If you’d like a branch meeting to discuss this please let me know.

Fact of the week: Teacher’s Conditions of Service are outlined in the SNCT Handbook which can be found here.The handbook outlines working year, working week details and the duties of a teacher. If you believe you are being asked to go beyond the terms outlined in this please speak to your school rep or contact this office.


Tax Relief - EIS & GTCS Subscriptions

If you’re wondering what you are going to do with your break why not claim tax relief on your EIS and GTCS subs. Click or tap here for a letter which outlines how to do this and included relevant information on fees.

Members Subject to Complaints

Local authorities, Colleges and Universities have a duty to investigate complaints. Members subject to such investigation are advised to co-operate and to seek early advice and support from their EIS Representative.

Tap or click here to download a booklet for all members who are subject to complaints and to situations where the complaints are believed to be spurious, vexatious, or malicious.

EIS Prevent Duty Guidance & Governance Review Response

These important documents have been issued by EIS HQ. Both documents respond to areas that we would encourage branches to discuss and in relation to the governance review to them make individual or collective submissions to the Scottish Government. Prevent Duty Guidance      Response to Governance Review

From LNCT Joint Secretaries:-

Advice Note on Absence Cover

The LNCT has considered over the past months the issues establishments raise around the impact of shortage of supply teachers. At the most recent meeting of the JTCF it was agreed that a joint advice note would be produced to assist schools in handling the difficulties of teacher absences with no cover. Click or tap to download the advice note.

Work Load and Tackling Bureaucracy 

The Joint Secretaries of the LNCT have been charged with reporting on the progress of the reducing workload and tackling bureaucracy strand of SNCT Appendix 2 Part 2.18.

In order to take this forward we have previously issued advice, in February and again in August, on how schools should be demonstrating their plans for tackling these issues by including details within the SIP.

However, the audit of SIPs and WTAs show that the majority of establishments have not included their plans within these documents and as a result we are unable to report accurately in this area. To that end click or tap to download a proforma to allow you to inform us of your plans.

Unions into schools

For over 10 years the STUC, supported by our affiliated trade unions, have visited schools across Scotland explaining to young people what trade unions do and our role in the workplace and wider civic society, at home and abroad.

In addition to school visits, participating schools have had the opportunity to attend Congress, the STUC’s Trade Union Week in the Parliament and, in 2016, we held our 3rd Songs Festival, supported by the EIS, at Hillhead High School in Glasgow, where pupils showcased their songs highlighting issues on social justice and their own experiences.

To find out more you can download this information sheet or check the STUC webpage.

Interim Advice Note on the National Improvement Framework

Interim advice has been issued from national HQ, it can be downloaded here.


Contact Information



Susan Quinn

email: glasgowla@eis.org.uk


34 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DA.
T: 0141 572 0550,
F: 0141 353 1576

Learning Representatives:

Jayne Rowe

Andrea Macfarlane

Moira Macdonald

Matthew Hurding

Anne Hutton