A major survey of Scotland’s teachers, carried out by the EIS has laid bare teachers' concerns over pay, workload, and support for pupils with ASN.

With more than 12,000 teachers taking part. It is the largest survey of its type that has been carried out in Scotland this decade.

Amongst the key findings of the survey were:

  • 76% of respondents reported that they feel stressed 'frequently' or 'all of the time' within their jobs
  • 88% said they felt their stress levels had either stayed the same or increased over the past year
  • 64% reported working more than 5 hours extra above their contracted hours each week
  • 35% of those working part time reported working more than 8 hours per week above their contracted hours
  • 82% of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their workload levels
  • Over 78% disagreed that there was adequate provision for children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) in their school
  • The top issue that EIS members want to see addressed by local and national government is teacher pay. This was closely followed by concerns over workload, and concerns over capacity to support pupils with ASN.

Commenting on the survey, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This survey represents the largest study of the views of Scotland's teachers in the past decade."

"The EIS carried out this exercise to provide an evidence base for our Value Education, Value Teachers campaign. It is no surprise that dissatisfaction over levels of pay ranked highest on the list of concerns that teachers want to see addressed."

"However, frustration over high levels of workload and concerns over levels of provision for pupils with Additional Support Needs also ranked very high in the survey results."

Mr Flanagan continued, "Our main campaigning focus for the past year has been aimed at securing a significant pay increase for Scotland's teachers and association professionals."

"However, the results of this survey indicate very clearly that, while pay remains the top priority, teachers are concerned about other issues also. Pay will be the main focus of our Value Education, Value Teachers campaign, until we secure an increase acceptable to our members."

"Once this element of the campaign is settled, however, we will refocus our campaign objectives onto the other key areas of concern identified by Scotland's teachers."

Mr Flanagan added, "Both excessive levels of workload and concern over levels of provision for pupils with ASN are significant issues that teachers want to see addressed."

"There have been numerous initiatives aimed at reducing excessive levels of workload in teaching in recent years. Clearly, our members feel that these measures have not been successful in reducing workload to an acceptable level."

"Budget-driven cuts to ASN provision and staffing during the period of austerity have placed huge additional pressures on teachers and, even more worryingly, reduced the level of support available for pupils who need it. The EIS will be raising these matters directly with local authorities and the Scottish Government."

The EIS Value Education, Value Teachers survey was carried out online between 3rd December and 17th December 2018. 12,250 teachers took part in the survey over this 2-week period.

A draft report of the survey's findings will be presented to the EIS Council at its meeting on Friday 25 January. A final version of the survey report will be published on the EIS website in the near future.

A presentation on the key survey findings can be found here.