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EIS AGM 2017: Emergency Motion Highlights Fast-Track Teaching Opposition

Thursday 8 June 2017

In an unprecedented move, a special meeting of the EIS National Council will be held to agree an Emergency Motion to be debated at the EIS Annual General Meeting which starts this afternoon at Perth Concert Hall.

The special meeting of Council and the proposed Emergency Motion have been prompted by the reported Scottish Government decision, last week, to launch a 'fast-track' teaching scheme which would potentially place unqualified people into teaching roles in schools across Scotland.

The Emergency Motion has been proposed by EIS Education Convener Susan Quinn. The proposed Motion states, "This AGM condemns the recent decision of the Scottish Government to tender for new approaches to ITE (Initial Teacher Education) which would bypass universities and calls on Council to campaign against any proposals which would reduce the current balance between academic and practical placements."

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Emergency Motions are extremely rare at the EIS AGM, and the organisation of a Special Council ahead of AGM is almost unprecedented."

"This demonstrates the degree of concern that our members hold regarding the Scottish Government's 'fast-track' teaching plan that was reported in the media last week."

Mr Flanagan continued, "The EIS has always strongly opposed any approach which places delivering education cheaply above guaranteeing quality education provision for all Scotland's young people."

"The Emergency Motion set to be debated at this year's AGM confirms this position, and reaffirms our very strong view that parachuting non-qualified people into schools is not a solution to the recruitment challenges that schools across Scotland are facing. We cannot dilute standards for the sake of political expediency."

Mr Flanagan added, "The way to attract more people into the profession is to enhance the status of teaching to make it an attractive career choice for highly qualified graduates."

"That means taking steps to halt the decline in teachers' real-terms pay over the past decade by ensuring that Scottish teachers receive a fair pay rise this year and appropriate salary levels in the future."

"It also means taking action to reduce the excessive teacher workload that is driving people away from the profession and into less stressful and better paid occupations.”