North Lanarkshire EIS Clarifies Position on Pupil Equity Fund
Friday 17 March 2017
The Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of North Lanarkshire’s EIS was held in Airdrie on Thursday evening.
In relation to inaccurate statements made about the EIS position during debate at First Minister’s Questions earlier that day and elsewhere in the media, President Lorraine McBride said, "North Lanarkshire EIS LA has passed two motions unanimously, specifically related to the monitoring and use of the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) allocations to schools and its potential use to recruit and appoint staff.”
"Both motions reiterated the central principle of local democratic accountability and the need for fairness, transparency, and collegiate involvement in the administration of PEF across schools in North Lanarkshire, as well as rigorous monitoring of what it is used for.”
Referring to a North Lanarkshire EIS Local Association resolution from last year's ABM which subsequently became national EIS policy, Ms McBride continued, "The Local Association demanded assurances that any additional resourcing from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, of which the Pupil Equity Fund is now a key part, was not simply allocated by councils to compensate for other cuts to core budgets.
"That remains the clear position of the Institute locally and nationally.”
Ms McBride said, "It is a matter of deep regret and concern to the Local Association that much-needed support for the children and young people of North Lanarkshire, who are subject more than most other areas of Scotland to the injustices and disadvantages associated with the poverty related attainment gap, may be at risk of not fully receiving that support unless current differences between the Scottish Government and North Lanarkshire Council are resolved.
"We therefore urge both parties to resolve those differences as soon as possible for the good of our children and young people.”