False and Defamatory Allegations


1.1 The following resolution was approved by the 2015 Annual General Meeting:

“This AGM calls upon the EIS nationally to develop comprehensive strategies for responding to false and defamatory allegations against teachers and lecturers.”

1.2 This paper sets out strategies for Local Association Secretaries, Branch Secretaries and Officers to use in response to false and defamatory allegations against teachers and lecturers. It builds on the following resolution which was approved by 2005 Annual General Meeting: 

"This AGM instructs Council to issue advice to all members on an individual basis on the contractual and legal rights of members who are subject to spurious, vexatious or malicious complaints.”

1.3 Arising from the 2005 resolution, the EIS provided a summary of its position which was issued to members as a leaflet. A revised and updated version of this leaflet is included in this paper.

1.4 Our advising solicitors have assisted in setting out the legal issues section.

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