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EIS Responds to Deputy First Minister's Comments on Scottish Education

23 March 2017

The EIS has responded to Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s comments about the future of Scottish education, and his announcement of new investment in the development of school leadership including headteachers.

General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS welcomes the Scottish Government’s stated commitment to enhancing Scottish education and the focus on meeting the needs of children and young people.

"We share the Deputy First Minister’s view that there are many positives in Scottish education, and we look forward to future discussions with the Scottish Government as to how we can address challenges such as tackling the poverty-related attainment gap, cutting excessive workload for pupils and teachers, and enhancing the resources available to schools.

Action will also require to be taken to solve teacher recruitment issues across Scotland, including by improving the pay of teachers to ensure that we can attract highly qualified graduates into the profession.”

On the announcement of new funding to support school leadership, Mr Flanagan said, "The EIS will always welcome investment in developing leadership capacity in our Education system as we recognise the crucial role that leadership plays in Education.

"It is important to recognise, however, that leadership is not confined to formal roles and that all teachers need to be supported in developing their leadership potential. The most effective leadership is that which is founded on distributive models and which promotes collegiality.”