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New Curricular Guidance Welcome – But Action Needed on Workload

29 August 2016

The EIS has welcomed new curricular guidance issued today by the Scottish Government and the strong personal commitment from the Cabinet Secretary for Education to addressing teacher workload concerns. 

The guidance seeks to create greater clarity on expectations around literacy and numeracy through new benchmark statements and to cut bureaucracy which has built up in the school system.

However, the EIS also warned that much more still needs to be done to address excessive assessment workload for pupils and teachers and cut unnecessary bureaucracy.

Commenting on the Scottish Government guidance, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS welcomes the commitment from the Cabinet Secretary for Education to addressing the issues of excessive workload and bureaucracy and we will continue to work constructively with the Scottish Government to achieve these objectives.

"A cautionary note needs to be struck, however, as we have heard similar statements in the past and progress has often been slow.

"Turning rhetoric into reality remains the challenge; we need to see concrete change in our schools with clear results, sooner rather than later. In particular, the issue of excessive assessment in the senior phase of Secondary remains to tackled by both the Scottish Government and the SQA.”

Mr Flanagan added, "Too many teachers in the classroom still do not enjoy the professional autonomy which CfE promised because of top-down managerial approaches from a range of agencies including Education Scotland and both local and national government.

"The EIS will be issuing advice to members on how to use these latest publications effectively, in pursuit of our ambitions to declutter the curriculum, reduce the assessment burden and challenge needless paperwork.”

See the Scottish Government's new curricular guidance.