Scotland’s Teachers and lecturers have gathered virtually again today as the AGM of Scotland’s largest teaching union continues.
The EIS, which represents more than 80% of the country’s teaching professionals, spent much of the past year dealing with the many Covid-related issues facing Scottish education. Although the spread of the virus is greatly reduced, Covid issues – including supporting education recovery and the impact of Covid on the qualifications system – continue to dominate proceedings in this year’s conference.
Yesterday, the AGM heard from outgoing President Carole Thorpe, who made a passionate plea for more mental health support in schools in the wake of the Covid pandemic. 26 Motions were also debated yesterday, covering a wide range of issues related to Education, Salaries and Employment Relations.
Today’s agenda includes debate on Equality Motions, from 9am this morning. At 10am, the AGM will hear from the recently appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Scottish Government, Shirley Anne Somerville. Later today, the AGM will move to debate Organisation Motions. At 2pm, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan will deliver his annual conference address.
The entire AGM is being streamed live via the EIS Facebook page.