The national Council of the EIS, will launch a new national survey of Scotland's teachers in support of the union's Time to Tackle Workload initiative.

The EIS campaign Value Education, Value Teachers secured a 10% increase in teacher salaries last year and, during that campaign, severe workload was identified as a major issue of concern for Scotland's teachers.

When the EIS last conducted a national survey, in late 2018, this delivered some shocking results which highlighted the scale of the excessive workload burden being placed on Scotland's teachers. The key survey findings included:

  • 88% felt that their stress levels had either stayed the same or had increased over the previous year

  • 82% of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their workload levels

  • 76% of respondents reported that they felt stressed "frequently" or "all of the time" within their jobs

  • 64% reported working more than 5 hours extra a week, over and above their contracted hours.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The last national EIS survey, conducted as part of our Value Education, Value Teachers campaign, laid bare the true scale of the workload burden that is being placed on Scotland's teachers."

"Following the success of the pay element of our campaign, the EIS has now refocussed its campaigning work on tackling excessive teacher workload. Over the past year, we have been building our campaign and encouraging our members to engage with the Scottish Government's empowering schools agenda as a means to take control of teacher workload."

Mr Flanagan continued, "Scotland’s teachers work some of the longest hours in the world, with a far larger teaching commitment than teachers in most other countries. Scotland also has large class sizes, with a profound impact on both teacher workload and the learning environment of pupils."

"The EIS is committed to campaigning to address these issues, with the aim of cutting both maximum class size and teachers' maximum class contact hours to 20. These campaign aims will become a major focus as we move towards negotiations on teachers’ next pay settlement, which is due in April next year."

Mr Flanagan added, "I would urge all EIS members to take part in this major new survey, to inform the next stage of the EIS workload campaign and to equip the EIS with strong evidence as we head towards our next set of negotiations with the Scottish Government and Scotland’s local authorities."