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EIS Response to the Cabinet Secretary's Speech

"The EIS is encouraged by the Cabinet Secretary's commitment to engaging with the teaching profession, so it is welcome that he came to the EIS AGM today to speak directly with teachers and lecturers from across Scotland.
"He reiterated the Scottish Government's commitment to investing in education and, in particular, to tackling the poverty-related attainment gap that persists across the country.
"Clearly, as the Cabinet Secretary himself noted, we will not agree on every issue. Delegates in the hall made clear their very real concerns over the Scottish Government's plans for national Standardised Assessments within the National Improvement Framework, and Mr Swinney was left in no doubt that any return to a target-setting, league table approach to education would be fiercely resisted by teachers.
"However, his general comments on the need to tackle excessive workload and cut bureaucracy as a means to freeing up teacher time to support the raising attainment initiatives, were well received by teachers and lecturers within the hall.
"The EIS will have continued dialogue with the Cabinet Secretary on key issues, particularly the current SQA-related workload pressures and the roll-out of the National Improvement Framework in schools across Scotland."
-EIS General Secretary, Larry Flanagan