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Secondary Teachers Step up Industrial Action as Schools Return

25 August 2016 

With the return of pupils to Falkirk schools the summer school break is now concluded in all parts of the country. The return to school also marks the continuation of a programme of industrial action, short of strike, by teachers in Secondary schools across Scotland.

The industrial action, called by the EIS, is aimed at cutting the excessive assessment burden that continues to be placed on pupils and teachers by the SQA.

A campaign planning meeting, held today on Thursday at EIS HQ in Edinburgh brought local EIS Representatives from across Scotland together to discuss the industrial action and to develop plans to move the campaign forward in the weeks and months ahead.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Following an overwhelming ballot result, EIS members across Scotland are now engaged in an ongoing programme of industrial action, short of strike, to secure a reduction in excessive SQA-related workload for pupils and teachers.”

He continued, "Young people in our classrooms are being worn down by the constant stream of internal assessments that they are required to complete for National 5s and Highers and the teacher workload associated with this has been recognised as ‘unsustainable’.

"Previous promises of significant action to cut the assessment burden have not been delivered and the patience of teachers is exhausted.

"Whilst we recognise that the new Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, has been in post for a relatively short time, we would impress upon him the need to find a speedy resolution to this dispute.”

He continued, "We have held a very productive meeting today, involving key EIS activists from every local authority area, where we agreed some important next steps for the campaign.

"Our EIS Representatives across Scotland will now seek to build momentum in this important campaign to cut excessive SQA-related workload.”