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Scottish Cabinet Reshuffle - EIS welcomes new Education Secretary

Wednesday 18 May 2016 

Commenting on the appointment of the new Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

"The EIS welcomes the new Cabinet Secretary, John Swinney, to the post and looks forward to constructive engagement with the Cabinet Secretary on the significant issues facing Scottish Education - including delivering the government's commitment to enhancing education funding, tackling the attainment gap, reducing excessive workload, and concluding the review of national qualifications."

"The appointment of the Deputy First Minister to the post of Education Secretary is a clear indicator that the First Minister continues to view support for education as perhaps the top priority for the Scottish Government."

"This is very welcome, and the EIS will work constructively to ensure a positive future for Scottish education, its learners and its teaching staff."

Mr Flanagan went on to add, "The EIS would also like to acknowledge the contributions that the former Cabinet Secretary, Angela Constance, made during her two years in post." 

"Even though we have faced many challenges in Scottish education over the past two years, we were always able to engage in meaningful and constructive dialogue with Ms Constance during her time as Cabinet Secretary. We wish her well in her new post."