The President of the EIS has warned that unnecessary bureaucracy and excessive teacher workload are damaging teachers’ health and wellbeing with worrying implications for education provision in schools.
Phil Jackson delivered his outgoing address as AGM President to delegates at the EIS Annual General Meeting in Perth today (Thursday) and challenged the Scottish Government, local authorities and national education bodies to deliver on their promises to cut red-tape and lighten unnecessary workload.
Addressing the 350 teachers and lecturers from across Scotland who are attending the AGM, Mr Jackson said, "Excessive workload and bureaucracy have plagued our profession for decades.
"Research has been commissioned and, when the working group on tackling bureaucracy reconvenes in the Autumn, we need to see some tangible progress and need to be sure that all partners who signed up to the tackling bureaucracy report have played their part. If not we need to be prepared to take further action.”
Mr Jackson also criticised the support that has been provided for teachers on Curriculum for Excellence and related assessments and qualifications: "Few educationalists could argue with the (CfE) philosophy nor with the aspiration to change education for good.
"However, we must not forget that CfE has been twelve years in the making and still not fully formed. Momentum and seizing the day hardly seem to feature in its lexicon. Why? For one thing a lack of investment but, even more crucially, a lack of consistency.”