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Emergency Motion Highlights Fast-Track Teaching Opposition

Saturday 10 June 2017

The AGM of the EIS has today unanimously passed an Emergency Motion condemning the reported intention of the Scottish Government to tender for new approaches to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) which would potentially bypass universities.

The Emergency Motion was moved by EIS Education Convener Susan Quinn, who said, "Any tendering process which might potentially consider involving an organisation such as Teach First will be opposed by the EIS until it is defeated."

"The EIS is not opposed to alternative pathways into teaching – we are opposed to shortcuts which would impact on the high standards of our teaching profession."

"The suggestion that we can put someone in the classroom after 5 weeks of training and still raise attainment is simply absurd."

The Emergency Motion was seconded by Helen Connor (North Lanarkshire) who said, "The reason why the Scottish Government is tendering for an alternative route is because their own workforce planning and teacher recruitment policies have failed."

Incoming EIS President Nicola Fisher, supporting the Motion, said, "Teach First means just that – teach first and then toddle off elsewhere to get a bigger salary doing something else."

"Retention routes are very low. We already have a faster route into teaching in Scotland – it is called the PGDE, which lasts for a year.  We don’t want to be any faster than that."

"You wouldn’t allow a doctor or a dentist loose on you after 5 weeks of training, but apparently it’s alright when it’s just children’s minds that you are dealing with."

University lecturer Khadija Mohammed, who teaches on ITE programmes, added, "As a university lecturer and teacher educator, these latest proposals disturb me greatly."