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EIS Manifesto Urges Holyrood to 'Stand Up for Scottish Education'

Saturday 19 March 2016

The EIS has published its Manifesto for Education ahead of the Scottish Parliament election in May.

In the Manifesto, entitled 'Standing Up for Scottish Education', the EIS sets out its priorities for Scottish education and urges each of Scotland’s political parties to commit to protect and promote Scottish education and to enhance its levels of funding.

The EIS is not affiliated to any political party, so the Manifesto does not promote the policies of any individual party or encourage members to vote for any particular party.

Commenting, General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "As we move closer to the ScottishEIS 2016 Manifesto Parliament election on the 5th of May, education seems to be high on the list of priorities for Scotland’s political parties.

"The EIS welcomes this focus on education and the fact that each of Scotland’s main political parties has publicly acknowledged the need to enhance the support available to education."

He added, "The EIS has published its Manifesto to contribute to the debate around how best to support and protect Scottish education.

"We will be sharing our Manifesto and our priorities with all political parties, and seeking their views and commitments on how they will enhance Scottish education and increase its levels of funding in the years ahead.

"Following the election we will, of course, be reminding all political parties – and particularly the party or parties that form the next Scottish Government administration - of the commitments they have made to Scottish education, its learners and its teaching professionals."

Some of the key campaign issues for the EIS highlighted in the Manifesto include:

  • a legal entitlement to nursery education for young children
  • reduced class sizes to support more individualised learning
  • no return to school league tables
  • reduction in the burden of SQA assessment and verification
  • ensuring that FE funding reflects colleges’ importance to Scottish society
  • ensuring that the HE widening access agenda is realised
  • a fairer pay deal for teachers and lecturers
  • supporting schools in their promotion of social justice and the rejection of all forms of discrimination
  • the ring-fencing of education service funding in a rejection of austerity cuts
  • defending, enhancing and supporting Scotland’s comprehensive system in a rejection of ideological attacks on state-run education.

Copies of the Manifesto have been sent to all schools, colleges and universities and it can also be download here