The EIS will present evidence to the Education and Skills Committee highlighting its concern surrounding lack of adequate training and resources for the Named Person legislation whilst not opposing the principle aim of the scheme.
Commenting on the submission, Larry Flanagan, General Secretary of the EIS said, "Although not being opposed to the principles behind the scheme, the EIS has continually raised concerns regarding the level of resources being provided to support scheme implementation, particularly at a time of ongoing excessive workload and low morale amongst teachers."
Mr Flanagan continued, "In order for the intentions of the legislation to be delivered, significant additional resources will be required in the form of administrative and teaching staff in order to facilitate any additional engagement with parents, multi-agency liaison and information-sharing. Significant investment in high quality training will also be essential."
"Teachers are concerned about new demands likely to be made of them which will have implications for workload and potentially for conditions of service."
"Teachers are already suffering from a heavy workload burden and it is important implementation of the Named Person scheme does not exaggerate this burden and impact negatively on the educational experience of Scotland’s children and young people."
Mr Flanagan also commented on the draft guidance that has been written for those acting as a named person, "Whilst it is understood that legal terminology is required, feedback from our members has suggested that the majority of the guidance is difficult to understand and needs to be made clearer."
Headteacher and EIS member, Lorraine McBride, will provide evidence to the Education and Skills Committee, on behalf of the EIS, stressing broad support for the rationale behind the Named Person legislation, but also highlighting members' concerns in relation to workload, resources and professional development.