Commenting on the news that 120 teachers have written to the First Minister to express their concerns, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

"The EIS welcomes the fact that a significant number of teachers have taken up the offer from the FM to write to her, with many copying the EIS into the correspondence.

"Teachers have expressed their frustration at not being able to be as effective as they would wish to be because of excessive workload; cuts to budgets and staffing; inclusion on the cheap with additional support needs not being met; and the declining levels of pay for teachers that have led to a growing recruitment crisis.

"Shortly after the First Minister asked teachers to make their concerns known, more than 30,000 teachers marched through the streets of Glasgow to send a very strong message, to both the Scottish Government and local authorities, of the need to properly value education and value teachers.

Indeed, quotes from some of the letters were used at the rally and the simple question was asked of the First Minister – are you listening?"