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SEJ June 2016

 

Vol. 100, Issue No. 02

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 A Look at the SNP Manifesto Commitments on Education
The manifesto commitments of the part elected to form the Scottish Government, the SNP, are those most likely to be implemented during this parliamentary term. In this feature, both Larry Flanagan and the EIS take a closer look at some of these key commitments and offer an EIS view on what these would potentially mean for Scottish Education...(Page 8)
 
NQ Workload Statutory Ballot
The EIS has opened a statutory industrial action ballot in relation to the excessive assessment demands placed on teachers and pupils by the SQA. Find out more about the ballot and how to vote...(page 12) 
 
Strike Brings Success in Fight for Equal Pay
EIS-FELA lecturers took national strike action on 17 March 2016. Pickets were posted at virtually every FE campus across Scotland and hundreds of lecturers attended a lobby of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on that day. At 3am on the morning of 19 March, after 12 hours of negotiations, Scotland's FE employers agreed to equal pay for all FE lecturers at the level of the highest paid...(Page 14) 
 
Promoting LGBT+ Inclusion
Social attitudes to the LGBT+ community have changed, and changed almost beyond recognition from the 1980s. But there is a real concern that a key area of society is lagging behind when it comes to changing attitudes - our education system. Here EIS-FELA Vice-President Pam Currie profiles the important work of the EIS LGBT+ Network...(Page 16) 
 
Guide to the EIS AGM 2016
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the main decision making body of the EIS. AGM instructs Council, which in turn instructs the Committees of the Council. The 2016 AGM of the EIS will be held in Dundee, from Thursday 9 June to Saturday 11 June 2016. This feature explains the key events that take place over the three days and the order of business for this year's conference...(Page 18) 
 
Inside EIS HQ - The Pupils' Perspective 
A group of Secondary pupils, from Firrhill High School, found that their business studies work placement - which had been scheduled to take place in an Edinburgh Primary school was an unexpected victim of the PPP/PFI buildings crisis. The EIS stepped in late in the day, and offered a placement at the EIS Headquarters buildings in Edinburgh. As part of their placement project some of the group of S3 pupils produced two pieces of work for the SEJ - one piece looking at the history and work of the EIS and another highlighting the pupils' own experiences during their placement...(Page 20)