Motions 

Resolution  

1. EIS-FELA

"That this AGM resolve to pursue potential routes for Professional Registration in other sectors for GTCS registered Further Education Lecturers.”

 Carried.

2. Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM request that Council supports a campaign to establish Holocaust Education as a feature of the Curriculum for Excellence.”

 Carried.

3. Council

 "That this AGM:

(a) reaffirms its commitment to comprehensive education in Scotland;

(b) rejects all marketisation approaches to school education;

(c) resolves to continue to campaign for adequate resourcing of comprehensive education in order that its aspirations can be fully realised.”

 Carried.

4. Council

"That this AGM resolves to:

(a) continue to highlight the negative impact of poverty on children’s and young people’s educational experience and the barriers that families on low incomes face with regards to meeting costs associated with their children’s attendance at school;

(b) publicly reaffirm its commitment to the universal provision of free school meals;

(c) lobby Scottish Government to ensure adequacy, and consistency across local authorities in the level of clothing grants awarded as per the terms of the Education Act (2016);

(d) lobby local authorities to maximise access to clothing grant entitlements and to ensure that school uniform requirements are universally affordable.” 

 Carried.

5.  Glasgow Local Association, Renfrewshire Local Association & East Lothian Local Association

"That this AGM expresses its concern at the continuing reduction in EAL teachers, ASN teachers and vital support staff including classroom assistants and ASN assistants and call on Council to campaign for an increase in staffing to support this provision.

Further, that this AGM instructs Council to campaign for a review of resourcing of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 and to urge the Scottish Government to increase funding and staffing levels following this review. 

Further, the campaign should reflect the growing concerns of members of the impact of under-funding of support for ASN on wider attainment and achievement levels.”

 Carried.

6. Edinburgh Local Association

 "That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the impact of increasing numbers of pupils being identified with social, emotional and mental health issues, on teachers and pupils at a time of budget cuts reducing the numbers of ASN teachers and learning support assistants.”

Amendment – EIS-FELA

Insert "and students” after "pupils” in second line

Amendment – EIS-FELA

Insert "lecturers, students” after "teachers” in the third line

 Carried.

7. Edinburgh Local Association

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

(a) the workload associated with GIRFEC and young person’s planning meetings across all schools in Scotland;

(b) the level of support available from external agencies.”  

 Carried.

8. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to lobby, in all relevant fora, for the SQA to produce enough high quality resources to support the changes to assessment in National Qualifications.

This support to include at least three Specimen Papers for the final assessment.” 

 Carried.

9. Edinburgh Local Association & North Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM calls on the Council to investigate and report on workload issues arising from the new qualification assessment arrangements, and changes to National Courses statement issued by the SQA on the 15th December 2016. 

This could include, but not be limited to, issues arising from:

(a) class sizes;

(b) practical/non-practical subjects;

(c) multi-level classes.” 

 Carried.

10. Renfrewshire Local Association

"That this AGM call upon Council to investigate and monitor new National Qualification course design and assessment and if the changes result in increased Workload then members to be balloted on the reinstatement of the suspended industrial action.” 

 Carried.

11. Aberdeen Local Association

"That this AGM call on Council to campaign for SQA to engage fully with the Teaching profession to provide a 'fit for purpose' qualifications system which reduces workload for pupils and teachers.”

Amendment - EIS-FELA

Insert "students and lecturers” at the end of the motion 

 Carried.

12. East Renfrewshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to campaign for the assessment of Writing by means of external examination rather than through the current SQA procedure of folio assessment.”

Amendment – Renfrewshire Local Association

After "for assessment of” insert "National 5 and Higher English”. (line 1) 

 Remitted.

13. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM call on the EIS, in conjunction with the STUC, to devise a course on the positive benefits of trade unionism that could be taught as part of PSE programmes in Scottish schools.”

Amendment - EIS-FELA

Insert "and colleges” at the end of the motion 

 Carried.

14. Aberdeen Local Association & Dumfries & Galloway Local Association 

"That this AGM resolve that the EIS raise awareness of the negative impact of the removal of a GTCS qualified teacher from early learning and childcare settings and that this AGM instruct Council to rigorously campaign to make it statutory requirement to have a qualified teacher as the leading professional in every nursery class.” 

 Carried.

15. Aberdeenshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to enter discussions with the Scottish Government around unifying the Care Commission and Education Scotland quality assurance and inspection processes in school based early years’ settings.” 

 Carried.

16. Dumfries & Galloway Local Association

"That this AGM call on the Scottish Government to release adequate funding to complete 1 + 2 language training for primary teachers beyond 2020.” 

 Carried.

17. Dumfries & Galloway Local Association

"That this AGM resolve that the EIS should investigate the effect of an increase in the statutory age for starting primary school to age 7 and the development of a compulsory kindergarten stage, where there is a focus on social skills and learning through play.”

Amendment – Edinburgh Local Association

Insert "and report on” between "…should investigate” and "the effect…” (line 1) 

 Carried.

18. North Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM call for employing councils to have ICT strategies and policies which allow teachers the widest possible access to online resources and to use their professional judgement to select which of these are suitable for teaching and learning.” 

 Carried.

19. North Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM call for teachers to have access to purposeful CLPL opportunities that are properly planned and resourced.” 

 Carried.

20. East Renfrewshire Local Association

"That this AGM resolve that, if the Scottish Government implements national standardised testing which the EIS determines as detrimental to learning and teaching in schools, all members in primary and secondary schools will be balloted on a boycott of the administration and reporting of the test results.” 

 Carried.

 

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