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WOSDEC Secondary Conference on Active Global Citizenship -    8th Sept

Calling all Secondary colleagues! Book your place on our FREE Active Citizenship conference on Friday 8th September 2017.

Workshops and keynotes all aimed to promote active Global Citizenship in our young people.

Places are limited - book yours now!

The Conference runs from 9.00 am until 2.45pm with lunch provided. The venue is Sense Scotland – TouchBase in Kinning Park.

Email to Hannah.wosdec@btconnect.com to register. More information on the WOSDEC website.

Secretary's Weekly Update - 14th August 2017

Welcome back from your summer break. I hope this finds you all well and refreshed. A few notes to share with EIS colleagues this week.

  1. Update Details – can all members please ensure their membership details are up to date – NQTs need to move from student membership to full membership, if you’ve moved house/job/changed name then you should notify EIS. You can do this via the website or calling the membership department at membership@eis.org.uk Similarly can branches please inform me of any changes to the Rep situation within the branch so that I can update distribution list. If there is no rep at this point please arrange to meet to put someone in place and if you’d like a visit to support this let me know.
  2. NQTs – We don’t have access to the names of those who have joined GCC as probationer teachers and whilst we met many of them on the Induction day it would be helpful if reps/members in departments could encourage those new to the school to become EIS members and to contact me with their email address ASAP in order that I can keep them up to date with relevant information.
  3. Professional Learning – each member will very soon receive a copy of the calendar of events for this session. Please keep this safe and look out for events which are of interest to you. The first event will be led by SCEL staff on leadership (details to follow) on the 13th September and our first Reps meetings will be the following week with Primary/EY reps on the 19th and Secondary on the 20th. We look forward to working with you in the course of the year.
  4. Branch Meetings – If you would like someone from the EIS (myself, Organiser Dee Matthew, Area Officer Pauline Buchanan or a Committee of Management local rep) to come speak with your branch about any issues then please let us know. We are happy to come and meet with members to discuss any areas you are interested in.
  5. WTAs/Calendars – can you please ensure you have sent me a copy of your WTA and calendar or indicated a failure to agree as soon as possible.
  6. STUC Women’s Conference - This conference takes place on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October, 2017 in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife.If you are interested in being considered for a place please call the office to have a nomination form sent out.

I hope you have a good week.

Thanks.

Susan

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

Secretary:

 


Susan Quinn

email: glasgowla@eis.org.uk

Office:

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

Learning Representatives:

Jayne Rowe
jrowe@eis-learnrep.org.uk

Andrea Macfarlane
amacfarlane@eis-learnrep.org.uk

Moira Macdonald
mmacdonald@eis-learnrep.org.uk

Matthew Hurding
mhurding@eis-learnrep.org.uk

Anne Hutton
ahutton@eis-leanrnrep.org.uk