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EIS AGM: General Secretary Urges Teachers to Stand Together to Reject Excessive Assessment Burden

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan, has used his AGM address to urge Scotland’s teachers to stand together to reject the overburdening of pupils and teachers with excessive assessment. 
His comments come as an EIS statutory postal ballot for industrial action in the secondary sector over excessive SQA-related workload enters its final week.
Speaking to delegates at Dundee’s Caird Hall, Mr Flanagan said, "Our statutory industrial action ballot on excessive SQA-related workload closes next week, on Thursday 16 June.
"I would like to take this opportunity to urge all Secondary members to use their vote and post back their ballot papers before this deadline.
"We need to send a clear message to the Scottish Government and the SQA, so let’s have an overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote in the National Qualifications workload ballot.”
Mr Flanagan added, "The August 2014 First reflections report identified the need to identify and remove the duplication in unit and external assessment – nearly two years later we are still waiting.
"The SQA says it can’t move any quicker – the truth is ‘Yes, it can’. We know the SQA can move faster. Do they need a crisis to take the matter seriously?”
Mr Flanagan also warned that the introduction of the new National Improvement Framework, and new National Standardised Assessments, must support learning and teaching in schools and not be used to promote a target-setting, league-table approach to measuring pupil progress.
He said, "There is nothing inherently wrong with the NIF – but the litmus test will be what actions flow from analysis of the data. It could be potentially positive if it leads to increased investment; or potentially negative if it narrows the focus to an obsession with targets.
"We have been there before – we are not going back again. Data rich education systems are fine; data driven systems are not.”
A copy of Mr Flanagan’s speech can be found here.