11 November 2021

Created on: 11 Nov 2021 | Last modified: 12 Nov 2021

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Pay Offer Rejected!

The EIS Salaries Committee has voted unanimously to reject a revised pay offer from COSLA. The revised offer provided no increase from the 1.22% previously offered, other than providing 3 months’ additional backpay (i.e. award backdated to 1 January 2021).

The teachers’ pay claim was submitted over 10 months ago but despite the best efforts of Teachers’ Side negotiators there has been minimal movement. In rejecting the revised offer, the Salaries Committee is sending a clear message to COSLA and Scottish Government that further movement is required. 

Our negotiators will meet again with COSLA and Scottish Government, through the Extended Joint Chairs mechanism, to attempt to improve the offer through negotiation, although consideration of forms of industrial action is now underway also.

A further negotiating meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 17 November and EIS Council will be hearing a report on any progress made at its meeting on Friday 19 November. 

The EIS expects the heroic efforts of teachers during the pandemic to be acknowledged, along with recognition of the key role that we will play in terms of education recovery and the ongoing commitment, professionalism and hard work demonstrated on a daily basis.

Read our press release on our website.

COVID Update

A few minor changes in Scottish Government guidelines for schools have been issued but at CERG (Covid Education Recovery Group) the consensus was that there would be no imminent change to the main thrust of the guidance. Pupil vaccination levels have continued to increase, although it has slowed somewhat for the 12-15 age group, sitting at just over 50%.

Prelim arrangements were discussed and it was clear that these could proceed as long as current mitigations were adhered to, perhaps even enhanced by physical distancing measures. It was confirmed that current guidelines do not allow for parental audiences for Christmas events.

The EIS raised concerns about the variation across Councils regarding flu vaccinations, with some teachers being offered in-school injections and others having to make external appointments. This appears to be driven by Health Board approaches rather than individual Councils. The efficacy of in-school provision has been raised nationally by the EIS but there is little movement.

There is an entitlement to vaccination, however, to all who are in priority groups for Covid.

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

  • Are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)

  • Have certain health conditions

  • Are pregnant

  • Are in long-stay residential care

  • Receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick

  • Live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

  • Frontline health or social care workers

Members who fall under one of these categories can book their flu vaccination online.

School Member Survey

Members involved in the school sector should have received an invitation to take part in a national survey. If you did not receive the email, please contact Membership at survey@eis.org.uk 

EIS Curriculum and Pedagogy Guidance

The Education Department has updated the EIS Curriculum and Pedagogy Guidance for Primary, Secondary, Special Education (Primary) and Special Education (Secondary). The updates take account of adjustments to the Scottish Government Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Reducing the Risks in Schools and include a new section on in-service days.

Briefing for EIS members on Digital Poverty

The EIS has launched a new briefing for EIS members on Digital Poverty which focuses on young people’s exclusion from learning activities that require the use of personal digital devices, internet and data, both at home and in school, and on what members might do to mitigate the impact.

Equality in Focus webinar series

The EIS Equality in Focus learning series, funded by Scottish Union Learning to increase confidence and commitment in relation to equality matters within Union activity. The upcoming workshops in this series are:

Informal Equality Networks

The next meetings of the EIS BAME Network, and the EIS Disabled Members’ Network will include information about joining EIS decision making structures, and feature Q&A sessions about workplace rights, reasonable adjustments and the case handling protocol.

Book your place at the next meeting using the links above.

Join EIS Council

We encourage members, particularly from the EIS BAME, Disabled and LGBT Networks to consider standing for election to Council. Being part of EIS Council can be an empowering and beneficial experience, and an opportunity to raise the profile of issues you care about. Details on how to join can be found on our website.

Member briefing on the updated Scottish Government Guidance on Supporting Transgender Pupils in Schools

The EIS has a commitment to high standards of education rooted in equality and inclusivity. Young people have the right to learn, and teachers and lecturers have the right to work in an educational environment that is free from discrimination, where the rights of all are upheld. Read the member briefing.

No Planet B

The EIS No Planet B digital exhibition of pupil work on climate education is now open. You and your young people can visit the exhibition and take the opportunity to leave a message of encouragement for the contributors to see, in relation to the exhibits and the climate-related themes that they address in the Visitors’ Book. The exhibition will be open for some time and you are welcome to add further contributions of climate themed pieces of work at any time.

Professional Learning Courses, Webinars and Resources November - December

A wide range of online courses are available over the coming months on topics such as:

  • Leadership and professional identity,
  • Mental health and wellbeing,
  • ASN provision,
  • Whole school approaches and community engagement,
  • Digital skills.

Please visit the EIS Professional Learning Courses & Seminars page to find out more. 

Learning resources are available at:

Queries about your Pension?

Stephen Stewart, EIS Pensions and Payroll Specialist, will be holding meetings via Teams at 4pm on Tuesday 30th November 2021 and 4pm Tuesday 14th December 2021.

This is an opportunity for EIS members to raise general queries around pensions and around the McCloud Remedy.

Please email gsutton@eis.org.uk  if you would like to attend. We are limiting numbers to enable time for questions to be answered and will hold more meetings if required.

We look forward to hearing from you.

EIS Extra: Save on your new car

Did you know that as a member of EIS, you can save on new cars from the Fiat & Abarth range? Take a look at the savings below, which can be made on top of the Brands' retail offers, up to the end of December 2021 for cash and finance purchases.

  • Fiat 500 - £1,000 on finance offers and £1,500 on cash sales
  • Fiat 500X - £1,500 on finance offers and £2,500 on cash sales
  • Fiat 500L - £1,250 on finance offers and £1,400 on cash  sales
  • Fiat 500 Electric - £675 on finance offers and £1,500 on cash offers
  • Fiat Tipo - £650 on finance offers and £2,500 on cash offers
  • Fiat Panda - £1,000 on finance and cash sales
  • Abarth 595 - £1,500 on finance and cash sales

Log in to EIS Extra to find out more (then search for ‘Fiat’)

*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. The savings stated include VAT and are available in addition to the Fiat & Abarth Brands Retail promotional  finance & cash offers for FCA Affinity Scheme & Privilege Purchase Scheme customers. The finance savings stated are only available in addition to the Fiat & Abarth Retail promotional  finance offers which are available from Fiat & Abarth Financial Services and Leasys and on selected finance products only.  Please contact your Retailer for details. EIS Extra is managed and run on behalf of EIS by Parliament Hill Ltd.