The EIS has today (Tuesday) welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to pause proposed legislation on its Education Bill.

The EIS had raised significant concerns over the content of the proposed legislation, such as suggestions that headteachers would take on more administrative and financial responsibilities, and had been critical of the absence of any proposal around democratic schools and collegial practice.

The EIS also has vehemently opposed the suggestion that independent teaching body the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) would be abolished.

Commenting following the statement by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education today, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “The EIS welcomes the announcement that the Scottish Government has decided to pause its Education Bill legislation, and to grant Scottish education the breathing space that teachers have been asking for."

"However, whilst the EIS welcomes the partnership approach agreed between national and local government, we are clear that such an approach must be extended beyond politicians to include the profession itself and in particular teacher trade unions such as the EIS."

Mr Flanagan added, "The EIS supports the ambition of an empowered profession and will work constructively with other partners to realise this aim. This will require significant investment, however, and certainly requires that the issue of excessive workload be addressed so that teachers have time to engage in professional development."

Mr Flanagan went on to add, "One particular element of earlier proposals that now seems to have been abandoned is the suggestion of scrapping the General Teaching Council for Scotland."

"The EIS campaigned strongly for the GTCS to be retained, and welcomes the fact that the Scottish Government has listened to the voice of the teaching profession on this very important issue."