Changes to Internal Market Bill will Protects Scottish Education

The EIS has welcomed the announcement that changes are set to be made to exclude the teaching profession and teaching services from the UK Internal Market Bill.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "It is very welcome that the UK Internal Market Bill is set to be altered to exclude the teaching profession and teaching services from its provisions."

"Scotland has a long and proud history of educational independence, with the right to set its own priorities and to maintain its own very high standards in teacher professionalism. The changes to the Bill will protect the unique nature of Scottish education, and ensure that our standards continue to be maintained through the independent General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)."

He added, "While there is a long way to go before the changes to the Bill are confirmed, this is an extremely important development."

"The strong case made to protect Scottish education by Scotland’s teachers, the GTCS, teaching unions, education bodies, parent groups, and many Scottish politicians has brought us to this point. We will continue to work together to ensure that these changes to the Bill are delivered, as promised."