14 December 2021

Created on: 13 Dec 2021 | Last modified: 14 Dec 2021


Survey Results

Over 16,000 members responded to our recent survey – thank you for finding the time.

We are releasing the report in three parts: Covid issues; Health and Wellbeing; and workload – with the first report on COVID issues available on our website now.

Welcome Packs for young people arriving in Scotland from Afghanistan

In response to the arrival of Afghan refugee families to Scotland, the Equality Department has updated the Welcome Packs for young people arriving in Scotland to include translations in Dari and Pashto, in addition to French, Polish and Arabic. Hard copies will be sent out to local authorities early in the new year, when we also plan to provide audio recordings in each language to accompany the Parents’ Guides. In the meantime, all of the information packs are accessible online and available to download, in all of the aforementioned languages. 

Queries Around Pensions and the McCloud Remedy

Stephen Stewart, EIS Pensions and Payroll Specialist, will be holding meetings via Teams at 4pm on Tuesday 11th January 2022, 4pm Tuesday 8th February 2022 and Wednesday 16th February 2022.

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

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.

GMP (Guaranteed Minimum Pension )Adjustments

Some pensioner members will have been contacted by SPPA in relation to an under or overpayment of pension as a result of errors in the calculation of the GMP component of their pension. SPPA have provided details here.

Council Elections 2022/23

The EIS Council is the principal executive committee of the EIS. It meets around five times a year, usually in Edinburgh, and also at the AGM.

We also encourage members of 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. 

Nomination forms for all members interested in standing for election to Council for 2022/23 will be available from the MyEIS section of the EIS website.

Tik Tok Advice

General advice for members who have concerns over pupils’ use of TikTok has now been issued. There have been a number of members raising concerns regarding being featured in pupils’ TikTok videos and although the advice is in response to this it also covers use of TikTok by members.

No Planet B

A reminder that the EIS No Planet B digital exhibition of pupil work on climate education is open. EIS members are welcome to visit the exhibition with (or without) their pupils and to leave a message of encouragement for the contributors to see in the Visitors’ Book.

The exhibition will be open for some time and members are welcome to add further contributions of climate themed pieces of pupil work at any time during the remainder of this academic session.

All schools/classes who contribute will receive an eco-friendly certificate and all individual young people, a biodegradable badge to mark their contribution to the exhibition.

EIS Covid Guidance: Curriculum and Pedagogy

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 on School Trips.

EIS Disability Month Film

The Equality Department has worked with a steering group of fantastic members to create a film that raises awareness and celebrates the lived experiences of disabled educators and their contributions to the profession.

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:

  • Mobilising against Anti-Muslim prejudice at work: 11th January 4pm - 6.30pm. This workshop will build on the EIS resource on Challenging Anti-Muslim Prejudice, to facilitate discussion about practical interventions in the workplace

  • Dynamics of Gender at Work: Tuesday 18th January 4pm – 6.30pm. This workshop will consider themes arising from the EIS One Thousand Women’s Voices project, consider how Reps and members can further gender equality in the workplace and the practical steps required.

  • Furthering Disability Equality at Work: (date tbc) This workshop will utilise a forthcoming film developed by a steering group of disabled EIS members to discuss disability equality in the context of education, and good practice for inclusive workplaces.  

  • Equality in recovery Workshop , 4pm - 6.30pm, 2nd February this workshop will provide an overview of the Equality in Focus series content, and reflect on how intersectionality can be embedded in our efforts.

EIS LGBT+ Informal Network Event: Film Screening & Post-Film Chat

We are hosting an online screening of 50 Years Legal on Thursday, 13th January 2022, at 5pm.

Following the screening, from 6:15pm-7:30pm, there will be a meeting of the EIS Informal LGBT+ Network, to discuss the film and catch up on the current LGBT equality work of the EIS. The informal meeting will also feature information about becoming active in the Union, and upcoming Council elections. Full details, including how to sign-up, can be found on the event webpage.

Collaborative Action Research: Register your interest now for January training sessions

Do you have a big question about Scottish education? Would you like to support practitioner enquiry and teacher research for professional learning?

In 2022 the EIS is supporting members to undertake collaborative action research to support members’ professional learning and empower teachers through practitioner enquiry. This support will include facilitator training to help collaboratives structure their activity, guidance from academic colleagues at the University of Glasgow, and opportunities to share ideas or findings with other researchers and colleagues at national events.

Register your interest today to be trained as a Collaborative Facilitator.

Visit the EIS website for more information and to register your interest.

Professional Learning Courses, Webinars and Resources for 2022

A wide range of online courses being delivered early in 2022 are now available to book. Topics include:

  • Leadership and professional identity,

  • Mental health and wellbeing,

  • ASN provision,

  • Whole school approaches,

  • Human rights.

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

Learning resources are available at:

EIS and City & Guilds Masters Professional Practitioner Award – distance learning Masters in Education at SCQF Level 11

In partnership with the EIS, City & Guilds offers this SCQF Level 11 Masters in Education (MPPA), designed for practising teachers and educators who wish to develop their skills and experience.

The programme is a comprehensive qualification that offers structured support for self-study, work-based development activities and end of unit assignments.

It is completed online via the City & Guilds Learning Assistant e-portfolio system. The first unit (of three) is fully funded by Scottish Government. For more information and to apply please visit our website.

Make the season extra special with EIS Extra 

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Even better, by simply logging in or registering for EIS Extra between 14 – 31 December 2021, you’ll be automatically entered into a special Christmas prize draw for the chance to win a £100 digital voucher of your choice. 

Prize draw terms and conditions can be found here.