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EIS News Items

10 December 2017
EIS Council Condemns Child Tax Credit
The EIS has condemned the introduction of the Child Tax Credit Cap and, specifically, the so-called ‘Rape Clause’
15 November 2017
EIS Car Winner Announced
Winner of competition has been announced...
10 November 2017
EIS Welcomes Action on Period Poverty on International Day of the Girl
The EIS has welcomed efforts being made across Scotland to tackle the emerging issue of 'period poverty'.
07 November 2017
EIS Welcomes Launch of Consultation on Education (Scotland) Bill
The EIS has today (Tuesday), welcomed the launch of a consultation on the Education (Scotland) Bill.
01 November 2017
EIS Members vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Retaining Political Fund
Members of the EIS have voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining its Political Fund.
27 October 2017
Legal Helpline
EIS Legal Advice Helpline is to re-open on 1 November 2017
24 October 2017
EIS Action Research Grants
EIS approved an Education Committee decision to set up a funding stream
18 October 2017
October 2017
The October 2017 edition of the SEJ
18 October 2017
SEJ June 2017
The June 2017 edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
13 October 2017
EIS-FELA Criticises Excessive Pay Levels of Senior Management
EIS-FELA has condemned the excessive pay levels of senior management across the FE sector
10 October 2017
EIS Calls on Scottish Government to do More for Teachers
The EIS has welcomed the announcement by Deputy First Minister John Swinney that the Scottish Government is offering bursaries of £20,000 to graduates to change career and become teachers.
10 October 2017
EIS President says Workload and Pay having a disastrous effect on Teacher Health & Wellbeing
The EIS held a joint fringe meeting with the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, at the SNP Conference today (Tuesday) where Mr Swinney outlined the Scottish Government’s aims and policies for Education.
07 October 2017
Face up to Child Poverty Survey
Findings from out 2016 survey regarding how poverty affects children in the classroom.
25 September 2017
EIS Welcomes Clarity on Pupil Assessment Data, and Calls on Councils to Comply
The EIS has welcomed the announcement by Deputy First Minister John Swinney that the Scottish Government will not collect pupil-level data from new national Standardised Assessments
25 September 2017
EIS Agrees that Attainment Gap, Teacher pay and Workload Must be Addressed
The EIS has welcomed comments made by John Swinney on the need for initiatives to tackle the attainment gap, and for action to reduce teacher workload and improve teachers' pay.
25 September 2017
EIS Condemns Excessive Workloads and Calls for Protection of Social Security at TUC Congress
Representatives of the EIS have spoken in support of two TUC Congress Motions.
25 September 2017
EIS calls for Fair pay and Protection of Workers’ Rights at TUC Congress
Representatives of the EIS have spoken in support of two TUC Congress Motions.
25 September 2017
Independent Research Highlights poor Working Conditions of Scotland's Teachers
A major new piece of independent research, carried out by academics at Bath Spa University, has highlighted that the working conditions of Scotland's teachers are 'extremely poor'.
25 September 2017
Focus on Education is Welcome, but must be Backed by Resources, say EIS
Commenting on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, outlined in the Scottish Parliament today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
25 September 2017
Teacher Workforce Planning for Scotland’s Schools – EIS Response
Commenting on the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee Report on Teacher Workforce Planning, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said,
25 September 2017
EIS Comment on Teach First

25 September 2017
Teach First an Assault on High Professional Standards of Scottish Education
Teach First is predicated on the mistaken notion that academic success equates to being a good teaching candidate.
25 September 2017
Exam Results Testament to the Hard Work of Pupils and Teachers
The EIS has welcomed the publication of a strong set of SQA exam results.
25 September 2017
Results of EIS Child Poverty Survey Make Sobering Reading
The EIS has launched a summary report of a member survey on the impact of poverty in education.
25 September 2017
EIS Slams Further cuts to Instrumental Music Services across Scotland
The EIS has warned that cuts to the Instrumental Music (IM) Service are placing instrumental music provision at risk in schools across Scotland.
25 September 2017
Don't Stop the Music
The EIS has warned that cuts to the Instrumental Music (IM) Service are placing instrumental music provision at risk in schools across Scotland.
25 September 2017
Standardised Testing - EIS Comment
Commenting following a Scottish Government media briefing on the NIF and potential National Standardised Testing, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said,
25 September 2017
Pay Cap Should Be Lifted to Deliver Fair Pay for Scotland's Teachers
The EIS has called on the Scottish Government to lift the cap on public sector pay in Scotland.
25 September 2017
Audit Scotland Report on Scotland's Colleges - EIS Comment
Commenting on the Audit Scotland report on Scotland’s Colleges, published today (Thursday), EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
25 September 2017
Role of Lecturers in Prison Education Must Not Be Eroded
Raising concerns regarding the potential removal of college lecturers from the delivery of education in Scotland's prisons.
19 September 2017
Scottish National Standardised Assessments - Update
As previously reported, the Scottish Government launched the Scottish National Standardised Assessments on Monday 21st August for use with P1, P4, P7 and S3 for this session and beyond.
24 August 2017
Update February 2017
February Update on National Bargaining
24 August 2017
Update March 2017
Overwhelming Support to Honour the Deal
24 August 2017
EIS Further Education Lecturer’s Association
Result of Statutory Ballot for Strike Action
24 August 2017
FELA December Bulletin 2016
December Update on National Bargaining
24 August 2017
College National Bargaining Set to Fail without Scottish Government Action
Cabinet Secretary for Education needs to take direct action
24 August 2017
Success for Lecturers as Colleges agree to 'Honour the Deal
Success for Lecturers as Colleges agree to 'Honour the Deal
24 August 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.
24 August 2017
Update May 2017
A newsletter giving an update to members on national bargaining and the the national strike action.
24 August 2017
Update June 2017
June Update on National Bargaining
24 August 2017
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.
24 August 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.
24 August 2017
Campaign Update May 2017
Details of the agreement with Colleges Scotland
24 August 2017
EIS Condemns Colleges on Pay Imposition & Calls for Scottish Government Action
Colleges Scotland pursues an imposed pay award on college lecturers
24 August 2017
College Reforms Have Largely Failed to Deliver on Promise
Regionalisation and mergers misused as a means of implementing cuts
24 August 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.
23 June 2017
SEJ February 2017
The February 2017 edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
23 June 2017
SEJ April 2017
The March 2017 edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
23 June 2017
SEJ AGM 2017
The AGM 2017 edition of the Scottish Educational Journal
21 June 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).
19 June 2017
EIS Response to Scottish Government Education Governance Review
Commenting on Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s Parliamentary Statement on the Review of Education Governance, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
14 June 2017
General Secretary's Address
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan addresses the AGM conference
13 June 2017
EIS President Addresses the AGM
EIS President Margaret Smith addresses conference.
13 June 2017
Consultative Ballot on the 2017-18 New JNCHES Pay Offer
Further information on the upcoming Consultative Ballot
13 June 2017
EIS President says tackling poverty key to raising attainment
The outgoing President of the EIS, Margaret Smith, has used her final speech as EIS President to call for action to reduce the impact of poverty on young people across Scotland.
10 June 2017
Freedom for Iranian teacher union leader Esmail Abdi
n Iran, trade unionists are subjected to continued persecution by the authorities.
15 May 2017
SQA changes to N5 Computing, Biology and Physics
Advice in light of the increased demands on teacher time to make adjustments to course plans and teaching materials in computing, biology & physics
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.
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.
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
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.
10 March 2017
EIS says Additional Resources Required for Named Person
The EIS will present evidence to the Education and Skills Committee highlighting its concern surrounding lack of adequate training and resources for the Named Person legislation whilst not opposing the principle aim of the scheme.
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.
15 February 2017
EIS-ULA Training for Reps and Members Considering Becoming Reps
New two-day training course EIS-ULA representatives
19 January 2017
Why the EIS should be your union
Video detailing the work of the EIS and the benefits of becoming a member.
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
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
01 December 2016
Prevent Duty Guidance
Advice to members on Prevent Duty
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

07 October 2016
Sustain The Ambition - The contribution of GTCS - Registered Teachers in Early Years
Introducing our new publication: Sustain The Ambition
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
01 June 2016
SEJ June 2016
The June 2016 edition of the SEJ.
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.
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
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
01 March 2016
Clarification of EIS Position on Statutory LGBTI+ Curriculum
PUBLICATION: Responding to recent comments in the press
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