Motions and Amendments

Resolution  

1. Council, Shetland Local Association, Falkirk Local Association & Midlothian Local Association

"That this AGM call upon Council to campaign for the retention of nursery education across Scotland and to secure the following objectives with regard to the delivery of state funded nursery education:

a) to call on the Scottish Government to legislate and/or regulate for meaningful access to a GTCS registered nursery teacher for all nursery pupils;

b) to ensure that all student teachers on nursery placements are both mentored and have their placements signed off by a GTCS registered teacher;

c) to highlight the important difference between "nursery education" and "childcare"."

Carried

2. Midlothian Local Association & Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on how the extended hours for nursery education and childcare are being delivered within each Council in Scotland and the impact this is having on children's learning and the ability of staff to:

a) have team meetings;

b) plan the curriculum and the delivery of learning;

c) prepare the environment within the time allocated;

d) complete the learning logs and reports for each pupil;

e) care for nursery resources.

Council is, thereafter, instructed to develop recommendations on best practice for dissemination to all members in the sector."

Carried

3. Glasgow Association

"This AGM call on Council to campaign for an additional in-service day for Primary and Early Years colleagues to match the additional day afforded Secondary colleagues for session 2014/2015."

Carried

4. Renfrewshire Local Association, South Lanarkshire Local Association & Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM call upon the EIS nationally to:

a) expose to public scrutiny, the failure of the SQA to deliver a coherent and workable Senior Phase of the Curriculum for Excellence;

b) to investigate and report on the workload implications of SQA verification procedures;

c) to publicise teacher concerns with regard to the number of internal assessments and arrangements for the new National Qualifications;

d) to enter into discussions with the SQA to secure a reduction in the number of internal assessments and modification of the existing arrangements for the National Qualifications."

Amendment - North Lanarkshire Local Association

Add after 'workable', 'assessment system which complements the.'

Carried

5. Council, Highland Local Association, Aberdeenshire Local Association & Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM demand that the Scottish Government and the Curriculum for Excellence Management Board commission a comprehensive independent review of the implementation of the new qualifications (involving teacher unions and the wider teaching profession) with a view to securing:

a) a reduction in bureaucracy and workload;

b) a reduction in the burden of assessment and verification required in delivering the new qualifications;

c) a reversion to the original CfE aims of maintaining breadth across the Senior Phase, reducing the burden of assessment/verification and creating time for deeper learning;

d) further approved / verified assessments;

e) clear concise and readily accessible guidance on assessment requirements."

Carried

6. Midlothian Local Association

"That this AGM call upon the Scottish Government to reaffirm the principles of Curriculum for Excellence, including in particular those that relate to curriculum models of BGE and Senior Phase in secondary schools, and it urges the Government to address in particular the different interpretations of these curriculum models across and within authorities." 

Carried

7. Renfrewshire Local Association

"That this AGM call on the Scottish Government, SQA and Education Scotland to ensure that fit for purpose teaching courses and resource materials are provided to enable teachers to deliver all National 3-6 courses. Failure to deliver this by August 2014 should be followed by an immediate ballot for industrial action up to and including strike action."

Amendment - Council 

Delete 'by August 2014' and 'immediate' (lines 4 & 5)

Carried

8. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM resolve to ballot secondary members before the end of 2014 on industrial action amounting to a boycott of all internal assessments at National 5 and National 6 levels until such time as the SQA reduce the amount of and reform the nature of the internal assessments for all courses in a way acceptable to the EIS." 

Withdrawn

9. West Dunbartonshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report, by December 2014, on the current diet of SQA examination dates and the allocation of time to complete the syllabus for National 4, 5, and 6 courses."

Carried

10. Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to monitor and report on the impact of implementation of the National Literacy Assessments at N4 and N5 level for young people with recognised ASNs, with particular reference to entry guidelines and how this may affect equality of opportunity for these young people."

Carried

11. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM resolve to:

a) demand that the SQA hold only one round of external verification each year to be held retrospectively in September for all New Qualifications;

b) lobby all relevant bodies, including Scottish Government, parent representative groups and the SQA itself, in support of this demand;

c) include this demand as part of any campaign of industrial action called in relation to CfE and New Qualifications."

Amendment - Council

a) Delete 'to be held retrospectively in September.'

Carried

12. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM recognise that the un-negotiated imposition of internal Unit assessments, "added value assignments" assessments and verification tasks for CfE Senior phase have caused a very significant increase in teachers' workload which cannot be sustained.

Further, this AGM instruct Council to campaign for a rationalisation and simplification with the aim of achieving systems of internal Unit assessment, "added value assignments" assessment and verification which are practicable and which can be delivered within the 35 hour working week."

Carried

13. Council, Aberdeenshire Local Association & Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM call on the Scottish Government to:

a) review the role and legal status of the SQA;

b) review the level of accountability and transparency of the SQA;

c) permit the EIS have a place on the SQA Advisory Council. 

Further to this AGM instruct Council to lobby all relevant bodies with a view to achieving these objectives."

Carried

14. South Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to take advice and support Local Associations in instances where teachers' professional judgement regarding the implementation of the new Higher is disregarded at school or authority level."

Withdrawn

15. Edinburgh Local Association

"That the AGM demand a reinstatement of the pre-2013 Appeals system for Scottish exam candidates, and to lobby the SQA, Scottish Government and parent representatives in support of that demand."

Remitted

16. North Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM call for all planning processes to be coherent, manageable, easily tracked and monitored, and an enhancement to teaching and learning."

Carried

17. Orkney Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on:

a) how and when Education Scotland plan their programmes of inspection;

b) what criteria are in place to allow educational establishments and local authorities to seek a postponement of such inspections;

c) what procedures there are to allow teachers, lecturers and local authorities to give feedback on Education Scotland's performance."

Amendment - EIS-FELA

Insert new section 'd) what procedures are in place to lodge complaints about the behaviour of inspectors while carrying out their inspections / or on the content of their reports.'

Carried

18. Renfrewshire Local Association, Midlothian Local Association & East Dunbartonshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the additional burdens placed on all teaching staff as a result of the introduction of 'Named Persons' and those with 'Key Adult' status in schools in Scotland. This investigation to consider legal advice and legal protection for those involved."

Amendment - North Lanarkshire Local Association

Delete all after 'investigate' and replace with 'the process by which named persons are designated and the impact on management time of the Scottish Government's proposals that all children should have a named person.'

Carried

19. Glasgow Local Association

"This AGM condemn the lack of guaranteed ASN support to individual and groups of vulnerable children and young people, and the failure to provide any cover in the event of short and long-term absence. Furthermore, this AGM instruct Council to campaign and publicise this deficit and highlight the impact on all pupils."

Carried

20. Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to review and publish revised advice on violent and disruptive pupils, and to produce a series of posters with key messages for distribution to educational establishments."

Amendment - Edinburgh Local Association

Insert 'working with' between 'on' and 'violent'.

Amendment - EIS-FELA

After 'disruptive pupils' insert 'and college students'

Carried

21. Shetland Local Association

"That this AGM recognise the negative impact on pupils of long journey time to health, attainment and behaviour. Further, this AGM call on the Scottish Government to introduce a national maximum time limit to be set on daily travel times to school."

Carried 

22. Glasgow Local Association 

"That this AGM instruct Council to: - 

a) investigate and report on the impact of inclusive policy and practice with particular reference to GIRFEC initiatives and its impact on teachers and schools, including reference to class sizes, resources, teacher numbers and provision of support staff;

b) to assess the cumulative impact of budget cuts on the success of GIRFEC in delivering for all children; 

c) to report back to local associations and educational establishments with advice on how best to promote inclusive practice in the best interests of all pupils, and to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all."

Amendment - EIS-FELA

In section a) after 'teachers' insert 'and lecturers' and after 'schools' insert 'and colleges'.

In section b) after 'children' insert 'and college students'.

In section c) after 'pupils' insert 'and college students'.

Carried

23. Aberdeenshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the staffing resource implications of supporting the potential CPD requirements identified by the professional update process."

Carried

24. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM resolve to seek EIS involvement in the devising, planning and delivery of CPD courses and Professional Learning activities aimed at all teachers and teacher-trainees on the values, roles and work of trade unions, and to lobby all relevant bodies, including the GTCS, providers of teacher education and Local Authorities, in support of that involvement."

Amendment - EIS-FELA

In line 3 after 'teachers' insert 'lecturers'. In line 5 after 'teacher' add 'lecturer'.

Carried

25. Orkney Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the availability of resources and access to quality CPD for staff to deliver the weekly two hours of quality physical education prescribed by the Scottish Government."

Carried

26. Midlothian Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the level of resourcing and the continuity of funding available in Scottish Councils to support fully the transition of vulnerable children and young people when they move from a specialist primary provision to mainstream secondary."

Carried