The 2017 EIS AGM passed a resolution, subsequently assigned to the Education Committee to take forward, which instructed Council to investigate and report on the workload associated with GIRFEC and young person’s planning meetings across all schools in Scotland; and the level of support available from external agencies.

A range of member Committees, Networks and groups were consulted, and the findings collated into a report for the 2018 AGM.  In summary, the EIS identified a significant increase in workload arising from GIRFEC related activity in schools, and low levels of support from external agencies.

Members told us that GIRFEC practice has led to:

  • More and more cumbersome paperwork- requirement to document everything, and additions to existing paperwork

  • Additional round-robin reporting on individual pupils

  • Reading more information about pupils

  • More professional discussion with teacher colleagues about individual children

  • Liaison with external agencies; the shrinking capacity of external agencies impacting on the workload of education staff

  • GIRFEC meetings, scheduled during non-class contact time and breaks

  • More SEEMIS recording.

All of this (and more) is a significant generator of member workload.

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If you have any questions about or comment on this report, please contact Christina Starko in the Education and Equality Department.