Commenting following the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at her daily COVID-19 briefing today (Thursday), EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
The full results of a major survey, carried out by the EIS, have highlighted the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and warned of challenges that must be overcome for schools to re-open.
The EIS has welcomed the clarity provided by the planned re-opening of Scotland's schools in August but has highlighted that significant challenges remain over managing this effectively.
The initial findings of an EIS survey has highlighted the successes of Scottish education in facing the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic but also warned of some challenges that must be overcome for schools to partially re-open.
Scotland’s teaching unions have sent a letter to Deputy First Minister John Swinney, urging caution over the eventual re-opening of schools and calling for clarity on a potential August partial return for pupils and teachers.
The EIS along with over 100 campaigners has today written an open letter to the First Minister calling for a direct financial boost for all families living on low incomes to support them through the coronavirus crisis.
Commenting following today’s Education and Skills’ Committee Meeting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said...
The EIS has noted the publication of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) framework for decision making by the Scottish Government.
The EIS has today (Wednesday) expressed its disappointment over Shetland Island Council’s decision to rubber-stamp the business case for a proposed merger that would effectively privatise education at Shetland College.
Shetland Islands Council are pushing ahead with the next stage of their decision-making on the merger of Shetland College, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
The EIS has today written to the Minister for Further and Higher Education Richard Lochhead regarding the potential merger of Shetland College, Train Shetland and the NAFC Marine Centre.
The EIS has commented upon the publication of the remit for an independent review of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), to be led by the OECD.
Commenting on the recent analysis of the 2019 school exam results, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said...
The EIS has today urged North Lanarkshire Council to think again over budget cuts to Instrumental Music Tuition and Additional Support Needs (ASN) prior to the Council Budget Meeting on Monday.
The EIS has welcomed the publication of the NHS Scotland report Supporting Teachers' mental health and wellbeing: Evidence Review.
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.
Commenting on the decision of the Scottish Parliament this evening, calling for a wide-scale review of Scotland’s education system, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
The EIS is launching a new online resource to promote health and wellbeing for teachers.
The Gwen Mayor Trust, a charity established by the Educational Institute of Scotland following the 1996 Dunblane tragedy, has announced its latest funding allocations to primary schools across Scotland.
The EIS has secured almost £300,000 in compensation settlements for members injured at work over the past year.
Commenting on the publication of the Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
The analysis of Scotland’s data from the PISA results, published today, has highlighted the value of Scotland’s comprehensive education system.
The EIS has launched a suite of information packs to welcome young people from migrant and refugee families into Scottish schools.
Taking steps to reduce the damaging impact of poverty on young people’s education is an extremely worthwhile objective, supported by teachers across Scotland.
The EIS has said that promoting the wellbeing of all children, protecting vulnerable and at-risk children, and supporting those with complex needs, must remain a top priority, despite the decision to scrap the 'Named Person' scheme.
The EIS has written to all local authorities across Scotland to urge them not to punish pupils who take part in planned anti-climate change strike action.
Following yesterday's announcement of a Review of the Senior Phase of secondary education, the EIS has called for the review to remain cognisant of the challenging environment in which Scottish education has operated in recent years.
New international figures, published today by the OECD, have confirmed that Scotland’s teachers work some of the longest hours in the world.
The EIS has welcomed a £15 million investment to recruit 1000 pupil support assistants to work with children with ASN, but warns there is still an urgent need for ASN specialist teachers.
The EIS has again called for medical screening to be implemented at Buchanan and St Ambrose High school in North Lanarkshire for staff and pupils who wish it.
The EIS has welcomed the publication today of the Independent Inquiry Review on health and safety concerns in two North Lanarkshire schools – Buchanan and St Ambrose High Schools.
Commenting as the results of National Courses and Awards were released by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
The EIS has welcomed the unanimous decision of Midlothian councillors to put plans for a restructuring of the local authority music service on hold, pending a full review of the service.
The EIS welcomes the increased investment to continue the provision of free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.
The EIS has written to the Scottish Government and to the Health & Safety Executive, urging them to act on the case of two North Lanarkshire schools
Following publication of the Independent Review of the SNSAs at Primary 1 and the announcement in the Scottish Parliament of the Scottish Government’s response, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said,
In response to recent H&S concerns raised at St Ambrose and Buchanan High EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: Members at these schools have raised significant and legitimate health and safety concerns.
The AGM of the EIS continues in Perth Concert Hall today (Friday).
The EIS AGM will debate on a Motion calling on the Scottish Government to reconsider plans which would allow local authorities to charge teachers for parking in school car parks.
This week, the EIS has published the findings of a survey on the impact of cuts to school cleaning services which arose from a resolution at last year's Annual General Meeting.
Commenting following the publication of the Independent Panel report on Flexible Career Pathways in Teaching
Teachers from across Scotland will gather in Edinburgh today for a special conference focusing on the delivery of education for young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN) in Scotland's schools.
The EIS , notes the motion on CfE and subject choice to be debated in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.
The EIS has welcomed the launch at the Scottish Trades Union Centre in Glasgow of 'Our Turn', a Safe Passage campaign in Scotland for child refugees; and called for more support for unaccompanied refugee children.
The EIS has welcomed today's Holyrood debate on Instrumental Music Tuition in schools.
The SNCT has formally reached agreement on a new three year pay deal for Scotland's teachers and associated professionals.
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of the 2019 STUC Equality Award is Khadija Mohammed, EIS, who is a Lecturer in Education at the University of the West of Scotland.
Commenting on the decision taken today by local authority group CoSLA to support a proposal on teachers’ pay, previously outlined by the Scottish Government, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
College lecturers across Scotland have today taken part in a third day of strike action as a long-running dispute over pay intensifies.
The Glasgow Association of the EIS is to hold two events in Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday 7 March to celebrate International Women’s Day, in conjunction with Glasgow City Council.
Following today's meeting of the Extended Joint Chairs of SNCT, which broke up with no revised pay offer having been made, the EIS is to continue preparations for a strike ballot of its members.
Scotland’s teachers have formally rejected the latest pay offer from COSLA and the Scottish Government, at a negotiating meeting today
The EIS Executive Committee has today agreed to open a statutory strike ballot over pay, and agreed a timetable for the action.
EIS Members have voted to reject the latest pay offer from Scotland's local authorities and the Scottish Government, and to move to a statutory ballot for industrial action.
The EIS has welcomed the decision of Midlothian Council not to cut free music tuition in its schools.
The EIS has slammed the decision of Midlothian Council to axe instrumental music tuition in its schools.
The EIS has opened a consultative ballot of its members on the latest pay offer made to Scotland's teachers.
Commenting ahead of today’s Scottish Parliament debate on Additional Support Needs provision...
EIS Council Votes to Recommend Rejection of Teacher Pay Offer
College lecturers across Scotland have today (Wednesday) taken strike action in a dispute over pay.
College lecturers across Scotland will today (Wednesday) take strike action in a dispute over pay.
Commenting on a report on the contribution that independent schools make to the economy...
Commenting on a report on the number of cases of indiscipline in Scottish schools...
Difficulty filling vacant posts is just one example of the effects of the recruitment...
The EIS will always oppose cuts to school budgets and staffing...
Teacher pay talks broke down earlier, today, after the Scottish Government and COSLA refused to consider improvements to their previous offer, already rejected by EIS negotiators as “derisory” and “divisive”.
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan commenting on the release of the OECD report Education at a Glance.
The Cabinet Secretary’s statement to parliament this afternoon gave no more reassurance to EIS members than his statements last week on publication of the User Review of the first year of implementation.
Winner of competition has been announced...
The EIS has welcomed the publication of a stable set of SQA exam results.
The EIS has secured over £450,000 in compensation settlements for members injured at work over the past year.
The Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) has formally agreed a number of proposals in relation to pay and conditions of service for teachers and associated professionals.
The EIS has welcomed the confirmation in today’s draft Scottish Budget that the 1% public sector pay cap will be lifted in the next financial year.
The EIS has commented on today’s publication of the independent review of student support.
The EIS has today (Tuesday), welcomed the launch of a consultation on the Education (Scotland) Bill.
The EIS has welcomed the announcement by Deputy First Minister John Swinney that the Scottish Government is offering bursaries of £20,000 to graduates to change career and become teachers.
The EIS held a joint fringe meeting with the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, at the SNP Conference today (Tuesday) where Mr Swinney outlined the Scottish Government’s aims and policies for Education.
The EIS will present evidence to the Education and Skills Committee highlighting its concern surrounding lack of adequate training and resources for the Named Person legislation whilst not opposing the principle aim of the scheme.