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EIS Manifesto Urges Councils to Take 5 Key Steps to Support Schools

The EIS has today launched its new Education Manifesto ahead of the Scottish local authority elections. The Manifesto, entitled Standing Up for Scottish Education, outlines key EIS priorities and principles and is intended to support debate and discussion on education issues at a local level.

An online version of the Manifesto is available on here.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS is launching our Education Manifesto today to promote discussion on key education policies ahead of the local authority elections on the 4th of May.

"We hope that teachers, parents, students and other voters will find this a helpful tool to support questioning of council candidates and to encourage scrutiny of party commitments on education.”

Mr Flanagan added, "Education is one of the most important services delivered by local authorities, and an issue of principal interest to voters. Councils are responsible for supporting schools, and are the employers of teachers and other staff who are essential in the delivery of education.

"It is absolutely vital that all local Council candidates and all political parties fully appreciate the importance of education to their communities.”

On the EIS priorities, Mr Flanagan said, "The most important message that all politicians need to hear is that our schools, teachers and learners should not be used as political footballs to score party-political points.

"All local councillors - be they party affiliated or independent; in power or in opposition -  have an obligation to support the work of our comprehensive school system.

"Scottish Education benefitted previously from a strong commitment to a partnership approach – both between the main political parties and between local and national government. That consensus needs to be re-established to ensure stronger support for our schools.”

Mr Flanagan added, "There are many key priorities that Councils should address to better support our schools, teachers and our young people. 

"The EIS’s top 5 action points are:

• action to tackle excessive workload for teachers and pupils;
• an end to cuts to school budgets;
• better support for pupils with additional support needs, including deployment of more specialist staff;
• agreement on a national staffing standard to protect teacher numbers and ensure consistency of provision across the country;
• a commitment from Councils to a fair pay increase for teachers following years of pay decline.”