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Training for revised LNCT 17 - Working Time Agreements

From GCC Education HR

"Six training/briefing sessions have been scheduled on the dates below We have not undertaken training in establishing a robust Working Time Agreement (WTA) for many years, therefore, I am expecting that the majority of Headteachers and Trade Union Reps will need to attend. Please bring your current LNCT agreement, SIP, PEF plan, school calendar and any other documentation that will assist you and your school rep in working towards an agreement for session 2017/18

Please note that consideration should be given to "tackling bureaucracy” as part of achieving a successful WTA. It is proposed that Headteachers and their school rep attend the same briefing session, as part of the session will involve working on your current WTA.

To book a place please contact Jillian Monks directly on jillian.monks@glasgow.gov.uk"

Dates & Venues

1) Wednesday, 19th April, 2pm,  220 High St.
2) Thursday, 27th April,9.30am 220 High St.
3) Tuesday 9th May, 2pm, City Chambers East.
4) Wednesday, 10th May, 2pm,  220 High St.
5) Thursday,18th May, 2pm, City Chambers East.
6) Tuesday 23rd May, 2pm, City Chambers East.

Secretary's Weekly Update -20th March 2017 

1. Professional Learning – There are still a few places on our final SCEL led session of the year. This is an opportunity to explore the emerging opportunities in middle leadership that are being developed by SCEL. Jay Helbert will join us from 4.30pm on Monday 27th March here in the W George St office. Please sign up on CPD Manager - Course ID 54435.

We are beginning to look at our professional learning plan for 2017/18 and would appreciate any thoughts on what we have run this year and any ideas for what we could provide next session. Please email myself to do so.

2. LNCT 17 Update – As previously advised LNCT 17 on the negotiation of WTA has been in review this session. It will be considered at the LNCT this week and following that a series of joint training sessions for reps and managers will be held. A letter will have been issued by Mary Arthur indicating the details of this. We have indicated in the letter that SMT and reps should attend the same session to allow clarity around the changes to be shared and encourage sharing of ideas with colleagues.

Details of dates will be available following LNCT on 22nd. Please discuss in your establishment and ensure you take up this opportunity.

3. National Assessment Trials – if you have been involved in the trials of the literacy and numeracy trials and have any comments you’d like me to share nationally please send them to me at this email address.

4. Electing a Rep – it is getting to that time of the year when branches will be electing their reps for the coming session. Please contact this office if you have questions about how to do this or to arrange a branch visit to assist with the process.

5. #Justice4Jannies – our primary, EY and ASN Unison colleagues continue their industrial action. Please revisit EIS advice on Industrial Action and do not carry our duties which would normally be undertaken by colleagues involved in Industrial Action.


Reps Training

National Health & Safety Reps Training 18th & 19th May

A two-day training course, designed to provide Health and Safety representatives with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and develop the skills required to fulfil the role.

This pilot course is targeted initially at Health and Safety Reps who have not received any Health and Safety training to date. Nominations are via the Local Association therefore contact Susan Quinn glasgowla@eis.org.uk or call the office. Names need to be to Susan by 29th March to be considered by Committee of Management. You should ensure your HT will be happy for you to attend the full course. Click or tap here for more details.

National School Reps Training in Glasgow

Dates 4th & 5th May, 22nd & 23rd June

The 4-day course will be held in Glasgow and is offered in 2 x 2 day blocks aimed at reps who are relatively new in the role or those who have never had any union training.

Nominations are via the Local Association therefore contact Susan Quinn glasgowla@eis.org.uk or call the office. Names need to be to Susan by 29th March to be considered by Committee of Management. You should ensure your HT will be happy for you to attend the full course. Click or tap for more details.

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