20 December 2021

Created on: 20 Dec 2021 | Last modified: 20 Dec 2021


Further Survey Results

The second part of the results from our recent member survey has been released today. This section has a strong focus on the Health and Wellbeing of members. 

The results show that 70% of teachers report that they experience stress as a result of their current working environment either ‘frequently’ or ‘all of the time’. The EIS report is based on the views of more than 16,000 teachers across Scotland who responded to the survey.

The final part of our survey results focussing on workload, will be released in the near future. 

Read the survey results here.

The EIS will be sharing the results with the Scottish Government and with COSLA, the employers, and we will certainly be citing the survey evidence within the SNCT pay discussions.

Temporary change to fit notes and self-certification for illness

The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 came into force on 17 December 2021. As a result, self-certification for illness related time off work (sick leave) has been extended from 7 days to 28 days. You do not need a note from your doctor to cover the first 28 days of any spell of illness resulting in time off work.

This is only a temporary measure since the measures are due to expire on 26 January 2022.

This change relates to the notification period for illnesses related to work. If you are a member who is concerned about your health condition, you should continue to see your GP.

The EIS will continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis. Further advice and information will be issued as necessary.


EIS Office Opening Times

EIS HQ and Area Offices will be closed over the holiday period, from 24 December 2021 until 5 January 2022. Senior Officials will maintain contact, however, with the Scottish Government and COSLA and in the event of further changes being announced advice will be prepared for the start of the new term.

In the meantime, we hope all members and staff enjoy the Christmas break.