The 2017 EIS AGM passed a resolution which expressed “concern at the continuing reduction in EAL teachers, ASN teachers and vital support staff including classroom assistants and ASN assistants” and called on Council to campaign for an increase in staffing to support this provision, and for a review of resourcing of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009, to reflect “the growing concerns of members of the impact of under-funding of support for ASN on wider attainment and achievement levels.”
As part of its campaigning effort, the EIS produced and disseminated a briefing paper on ASL resourcing. It aimed to support Local Association and Branch Secretaries in local negotiations concerning under-resourcing of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009, and suggested that recipients highlight three key issues:
The adverse impact of under-resourcing on learners’ educational experiences;
The adverse impact of under-resourcing on teachers’ health and wellbeing; and,
The unsustainability of the current approach and the need for urgent action.
Read the briefing paper here.
If you have any questions about or comment on this briefing, please contact Christina Starko in the Education and Equality Department.