Commenting on two letters of guidance sent to local authorities today from the Scottish Government on the National Improvement Framework, Planning and Reporting and Achievement of CfE levels data in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

“This is helpful guidance from the Scottish Government, indicating a practical approach in light of the substantial pressures being placed on schools during the COVID-19 crisis.

"Suspending the requirement on schools to gather and submit information on pupil achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) levels is a sensible step which will lift a significant workload pressure from teachers. "

Added to this, the lightening of the requirements for planning and reporting related to the National Improvement Framework will offer teachers more time to concentrate on supporting pupils and preparing for the implementation of blended learning following the summer break."

Mr Flanagan added, "Scotland's teachers have risen to the challenge during the COVID-19 shutdown, and continue to provide an invaluable service in Hub schools together with a wide range of support to young people in their home learning. "

Today's guidance is an important and helpful recognition of the important roles that teachers are performing across Scotland."