Composite motions for the Annual General Meeting 2015 as found competent by the Standing Orders Committee. 

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 Motions

 Resolutions  

47. North Lanarkshire Local Association, Scottish Borders Local Association & East Renfrewshire Local Association

"That this AGM call upon Council to ensure that all Local Authorities meet their legal duty of care to protect their teacher employees from excessive workload demands which damage health and wellbeing. This AGM further resolve that the EIS should ensure that:

(a) agreement is secured through the SNCT and LNCTs to establish a Workload Committee in every school;

(b) employers abide by the contractual maximum 35 hour week;

(c) the principles and recommendations of the CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy are enshrined in all local and school based 'Working Time Agreements';

(d) evidence is gathered on the progress being made at Local Authority and school levels of the impact on teaching and learning of the elimination of excessive bureaucracy as a result of the report of the Curriculum for Excellence Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy. This evidence to be reported back to Council and then disseminated to Local Association Secretaries."

 Carried

48. East Lothian Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to campaign for:

(a) the reduction of workload and bureaucracy involved in testing, retesting and marking of internal SQA assessments;

(b) the production of approved assessments by SQA."

 Carried

 49. East Ayrshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct the EIS to ballot for a boycott of all SQA related work unless SQA assessment can be managed within the 35 hour working week." 

 Withdrawn

50. Highland Local Association & West Dunbartonshire Local Association

"That this AGM resolve to ballot secondary school members by December 2015 on industrial action, amounting to a boycott of cooperation with SQA, including the marking of unit assessments at National 5 and National 6 levels until such time as the SQA reduces the enormous burden and reforms the nature of internal assessments for all courses."

 Carried

51. Midlothian Local Association

"That this AGM call on Council to issue to schools and local association secretaries guidelines relating to the workload demands of and the Career Long Professional Learning needs for the implementation of 1+2 languages in all educational sectors."

 Carried

52. Scottish Borders Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate issues arising from the use of SEEMIS or other electronic systems with regard to guidance given in the 2013 Tackling Bureaucracy document.  This evidence to be reported back to Council and then disseminated to LA Secretaries."

Amendment - Edinburgh Local Association

Insert ", including that of increased workload," after "issues"  

 Carried

53. Inverclyde Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate the use of bi-level and multi-level classes in schools, with particular regard to the issues of workload and stress, and to report back to members by December 2015 with their findings and recommendations.”

 Carried

54. West Dunbartonshire Local Association & Orkney Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the impact of the introduction of faculty structures in schools with particular regard to:

(a) the workload and stress implications for all teachers;

(b) provide timeous advice on any related workload issues which arise."

 Carried

55. Orkney Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate:

(a) the workload implications as a result of the P7 and S3 profiles;

(b) to what extent the profiles are beneficial in supporting transitions.”

Amendment - Edinburgh Local Association

Insert "and report on" after "investigate"

 Carried

56. Orkney Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to:

(a) seek information on which public body is responsible for carrying out an Equalities Impact Assessment for teachers regarding the impact of CfE workload;

(b) determine whether the public body carried out an EIA in order to:

(i) ensure that an EIA has been carried out, and

(ii) use the EIA to help teachers struggling with the CfE workload.”

 Carried

57. Midlothian Local Association & Aberdeen Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council:

(a) to investigate and report on the impact of teacher shortages across Scotland;

(b) to call on the Scottish Government to take steps to address the current recruitment challenge facing the teaching profession.”

 Carried

58. East Renfrewshire Local Association 

"That this AGM instruct Council to publish on the EIS Website minutes of Council meetings and approved minutes of meetings of the Committees and Sub-Committees of Council, such minutes to be accessible to all members.”

 Carried

59. East Dunbartonshire Local Association, Glasgow Local Association, Fife Local Association & Midlothian Local Association

"That this AGM condemns the budget cuts which have been inflicted on Scottish Education in recent years and resolve to campaign against the cutbacks and to publicise (in the media) the effects of these cuts on:

(a) Support for Learning Assistants and other support staff;

(b) English as an Additional Language (EAL) including British born Bilingual Children;

(c) Additional Support Needs provision;

(d) Inclusive Policy and Practice;

(e) Pastoral Care."

 Carried

60. North Lanarkshire Local Association, Glasgow Local Association & South Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate, report and publicise the impact of budget cuts and shortage of basic resources in the classroom on teaching and learning and the capacity of teachers to deliver high quality courses.  

This report to also include the impact of government austerity measures on learners.

Concerns identified as part of the investigation should be raised with the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Parent Groups and should be publicised as widely as possible in the media."

 Carried

61. Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to campaign against cut backs to EAL/ASN provision up to and including industrial action."

 Carried

62. North Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM call upon Council to develop a strategy to recruit representatives in schools and colleges and to ensure that this strategy includes an ongoing training programme in order to retain representatives and active branches."

Amendment – Edinburgh Local Association

Add "This strategy to be informed by robust research evidence into union activity, union activism and the work of school reps and branch secretaries." 

 

 Carried

63. Council & Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM condemn proposals from Local Authorities to reduce the pupil week in primary schools to 22.5 hours and resolve that the full 25 hour pupil week in primary schools (and the 27.5 hour pupil week in secondary schools) continue to be taught by fully qualified GTCS registered teachers.  In addition this AGM call on the Scottish Government to legislate to regulate the length of the pupil week in all Scottish schools."

 Carried

64. Dumfries & Galloway Local Association

"That this AGM resolve that Council should investigate and report on the implications, both positive and negative, of all schools having charitable status."

 Carried

65. Fife Local Association

"That this AGM call on Council to investigate and report on the financial impact of school dress codes on Scottish families."

 Carried

66. EIS-ULA

"That this AGM resolve:

(a) to campaign strongly within branches, Local Associations and across Scotland against casualisation and zero hours contracts in all publicly funded education institutions;

(b) for Council to use Freedom of Information requests to prepare a report on the use of zero hours contracts by our employers;

(c) to lobby the Scottish Government and COSLA for a complete abolition of zero hours contracts in Scottish publicly funded education sectors."

 Carried

67. East Lothian Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to campaign for:

(a) the replacement of Student Loans with a Student Grant Scheme

(b) the cancellation of student loan debts."

 Carried

68. Fife Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to review and report on the current bargaining arrangements between the EIS as employer and the UNITE trade union.  In particular, to report on any amendments to the current Recognition and Procedures Agreement necessary to set up a Joint Negotiating Committee with powers to negotiate and reach agreement on the salaries and conditions of service of EIS employees."

 Falls

69. Fife Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to invite UNITE to enter into negotiations with the EIS to discuss setting up a Joint Negotiating Committee with powers to negotiate and reach agreements on matters of salary and conditions of service for EIS Employees.”

 Falls

70. Fife Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to:

(a) review and report on any direct link between the salary of the General Secretary of the EIS and that of Headteachers;

(b) if the report concludes that change is necessary then advise on the procedures for terminating such a link."

 Falls

 

 

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