Almost 400 members of the EIS (including the Office Bearers, members of Council and Delegates from Local Associations and Self-Governing Associations (EIS-FELA and EIS-ULA)) are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM.

The AGM is divided into a number of discrete sessions each with its own particular item of business to be overtaken.

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The Formal Opening Session

This session embodies the traditions of the Institute which was founded in 1847. After the Civic Welcome from Lord Provost Liz Grant (Perth and Kinross), the President welcomes the guests from kindred organisations, and then gives their retiring address.

The Convener of the Board of Examiners then presents the members who have been admitted as Fellows of The Educational Institute of Scotland. 

The new Fellows in the ordinary category are those who have been recommended by their Local Associations and accepted by the Board of Examiners. There may also be one or more Fellows in the special or honorary category that is, "persons who have rendered signal service to education”.

The Convener gives a special oration on each of the special/honorary category Fellows. One of the new Fellows replies on behalf of himself/herself and his/her colleagues.

The incoming President (Pat Flanagan, Aberdeenshire) and Vice-President (Margaret Smith, Falkirk) are then introduced to the meeting and make short speeches.

The outgoing President (Tommy Castle, South Lanarkshire) and Vice-President (Pat Flanagan, Aberdeenshire) are then presented with badges commemorating their year of office. The final business of the formal session is the declaration of the election of the incoming Council.

It is an important function of the Annual General Meeting to review the work of Council and its Committees undertaken during the previous session. 

This work comes before the consideration of motions dealing with new policies. Constitutionally, the AGM must either, approve, disapprove or amend every decision taken by Council during the previous year.

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First Business Session

The first business session begins with the President nominating delegates to act as scrutineers. It is an important function of the Annual General Meeting to review the work of Council and its Committees undertaken during the previous session.

This work comes before the consideration of motions dealing with new policies. Constitutionally, the AGM must either, approve, disapprove or amend every decision taken by Council during the previous year.

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Subsequent Business Sessions

After the Minutes and Reports have been dealt with, the meeting will normally deal with Constitutional matters, such as amendments to the Rules or Standing Orders. It is also likely that the elections which will take place at AGM - Standing Orders Committee, Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee - will be taken at this time.

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Consideration of Motions and Amendments

The next business debated by the AGM will be motions and amendments submitted by Local Associations and Self-Governing Associations. These motions are grouped into subject headings and blocks of time are allocated to motions under each heading.  The principal subject headings for debate are as follows:

  • 10 motions on Education matters;
  • 7 motions on Employment Relations matters;
  • 8 motions on Equality matters;
  • 21 motions on Salaries matters;
  • 24 motions on Organisation matters.

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Fringe and other events

The EIS operates a number of fringe events at the AGM, offering the opportunity for external organisations to speak to delegates in order to raise awareness of key issues. This year includes: the Glasgow Girls, speaking on asylum and immigration, an opportunity to meet the General Secretary and come along to the pensions panel to discuss recent changes (Friday 5 June).

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