“This AGM instructs Council to investigate Absence Management Policies in operation and to resist any attempts to remove occupational sick leave and any move to automatic disciplinary action as a result of poor attendance due to ill-health.”
PUBLICATION; ANTI-ABUSE: Teachers and other EIS members working in educational establishments must follow the guidelines of their authorities to protect children who are subject to direct abuse/violence or emotional or sexual abuse.
This AGM instructs Council to put pressure on Local Authorities to establish the principle that teachers have the right to have access to their pay details outwith the workplace.
The EIS Education and Equality Department undertook a range of activities to investigate the effect of increasing the statutory age for starting primary school to age seven and the development of a compulsory kindergarten stage.
The EIS submitted evidence on the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill.
This AGM calls on all Local Authorities and FE colleges to make a clear statement regarding the unacceptability of any aggressive behaviour.
This briefing aims to support EIS members to advocate for better provision of anti-racist education in their educational establishments.
POLICY; ANTI-RACISM: The EIS recognises the importance of anti-racist policies and the role of education in combating racism and xenophobia. The development and implementation of anti-racist policies is the responsibility of every member of the EIS.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been made aware that two UK laboratory supply companies have supplied schools and potentially other users with gauze mats which contain asbestos. The metal gauze mats are designed for use over Bunsen burners.
The EIS has consistently argued in favour of the presumption of mainstreaming; we welcome diversity in classrooms and in educational communities.
Additional Support Needs: Advice on the Roles and Responsibilities of Class Teachers
EIS Evidence to the Education and Skills Committee Enquiry into the Attainment and Achievement of School Aged Children Experiencing Poverty
PUBLICATION; GENDER: As knowledge of teaching and learning improves, it is accompanied by changes in organisation, teaching methods, assessment and curricula, and a greater awareness and understanding of the barriers to education and learning.
Bullying & Harassment: EIS Policy/Advice for Members
"This AGM calls upon Council to provide advice to Local Associations on working time agreements which will be affected by the introduction of a Curriculum for Excellence."
20 September 2019
This AGM calls upon Council to revise existing guidelines and policy on the appropriate use and potential misuse of communication technologies, including social networking media
This AGM instructs Council to investigate on the application of competency procedures across local authorities and FE Colleges.
That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the implications for teachers in Local Authorities who have indicated their intention to withdraw from COSLA.
Curriculum for Excellence sets out a requirement for specific attention to be made to the development of literacy and numeracy
The EIS responded to a Scottish Government consultation on increasing the employment of disabled people in the public sector, in August 2018.
EIS Response to the Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Consultation.
A detailed freedom of information request was issued to local authorities subsequent to the AGM, and the data received was reviewed by the Education and Equality Department.
Local Association Secretary Briefing August 2019
The EIS welcomes the decision to suspend the introduction of the Education Bill and to seek a more collaborative approach to school governance between local and national government.
This AGM instructs Council to investigate the number of education related risk assessment cases in Scotland in the last 3 years which have involved direct Health and Safety Executive intervention.
This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on the work load and contractual implications for teachers and lecturers of e-learning initiatives.
This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on the impact of the UK Government’s employment law reforms and further instructs Council to organise a campaign of resistance to any deterioration in members’ employment rights.
Consultation on the Memorandum on Entry Requirements for Initial Teacher Education Programmes in Scotland.
EIS evidence on the proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill.
The EIS submitted written evidence to an inquiry on the enforcement of the Equality Act, in October 2018.
In September 2017 the EIS wrote to all Heads of School at Universities offering ITE programmes in Scotland, requesting a discussion of these matters.
This AGM calls upon the EIS nationally to develop comprehensive strategies for responding to false and defamatory allegations against teachers and lecturers.
During the summer term, the Education Department emailed all members of the English Subject Specialist Network (six) and Secondary members of Council who teach English (six).
The 2018 AGM passed the following Resolution: “That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on models of current forward planning and assessment practices in local authorities and how they relate to workload.”
This AGM instructs Council to seek to ensure agreement is reached to enable the requirements of school and local authority moderation for a Framework for Assessment to be met without detriment to teachers’ contractual working hours.
PUBLICATION; ANTI-RACISM: There is no one simple definition of Gypsy/Traveller. There are minority ethnic, professional, trade, craft and business communities which travel, each with a rich history, culture, religion, dialect or language.
The EIS response to the Scottish Government's Hate Crime consultation, February 2019.
This AGM instructs Council to investigate the impact of the UK government’s proposals to deregulate existing H&S protections in the workplace and to organise a campaign to resist any deterioration in staff and pupil’s h&s at work.
Heating in Schools Guidance for Local Association Secretaries...
This briefing aims to support EIS members in their provision of Holocaust Education.
EIS Inspection Advice
This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on Local Authority insurance protection for staff injured in the course of their duties.
This AGM instructs Council to issue urgent advice to all educational establishments concerning the threat of Lyme Disease in Scotland and the UK.
This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on management time allocations in schools .
"This AGM instructs Council to review current maternity and paternity provision to ensure that the provision is consistent with best practice in the public sector."
This briefing gives an update on the provision of music in schools, particularly the provision of instrumental music teaching
This advice is relevant to Secondary members who are teachers, Faculty Heads and PTs of English, SQA Co-ordinators and Headteachers.
"This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on the contractual working arrangements of newly qualified teachers and in particular on any variations imposed on newly qualified teachers with regard to contractual non class contact time."
EIS Response to Scottish Government Consultation: Nutritional requirements for food and drink in schools.
“This AGM instructs Council to investigate the threat to occupational sick pay as a result of attendance management practices and to campaign and issue advice to members as appropriate.”
EIS Submission to the Call for Views on Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill
"This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on Local Authority policies and procedures in awarding permanent contracts to teachers".
This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on what obligatory Personal Protective Equipment should be provided and maintained to protect teachers from injury and risk of entrapment while using equipment in Technical Departments.
PUBLICATION: The EIS has been a major contributor to the debate on the development of comprehensive education in Scotland and in particular the aim of equality of opportunity, access and outcome for all young people.
This AGM instructs Council to investigate on the implementation of Professional Update across Scotland and to monitor any attempted inappropriate use by employers .
This AGM calls on Councils to interrogate Scottish Councils on their preparedness for the full introduction of the PVG system in Scotland.
EIS guidance and advice on the pupils strikes in support of climate change action for all members, including headteachers.
“This AGM instructs Council to call upon LAs to ensure that bases and units in mainstream schools supporting pupils with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties apply SNCT Appendix 2.9 of Section 2: Class Size Maxima: 6 Pupils.”
This Council resolves to survey Local Associations to ascertain: the extent to which schools and LAs carry out exercises where pupils and parents are invited to rate the service provided by individual teachers or groups of teachers
"This AGM rejects the proposition that conducting and/or signing off on risk assessments forms part of a teacher's duties under the 21st Century Agreement."
15 August 2020
PUBLICATION; RELIGION: The committee decided that it would refer to Catholic/Protestant sectarianism.
“This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on the effect on staffing levels in Local Authorities which receive more than their quota of probationary teachers.”
This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on the use and impact of individual and organisational stress questionnaires across LAs.
EIS response to the Education and Skills Committee Inquiry into Subject Choices
Support for Newly Appointed Teaching Staff
“This AGM instructs Council to investigate the impact of the reduction of support staff on teachers’ working conditions especially in relation to Annex E of the Agreement “A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century.”
"This AGM condemns the lack of employment for newly qualified teachers and instructs Council to campaign against a reduction in teacher numbers."
"This AGM calls upon the Salaries Committee to campaign for the right for all teachers to be given a hard copy payslip."
PUBLICATION; ANTI-RACISM: Very vulnerable children, many of whom have fled from terrible experiences are being educated in mainstream schools
This AGM instructs Council to prepare a campaign of action to ensure that teachers on temporary contracts are not denied employment rights through deliberate breaks in their continuous contracts
"This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on the extent to which Local Authorities restrict applications for unpromoted posts to their previous probationers.”
ADVICE; ANTI-ABUSE: Effects of gender related violence and domestic abuse at work - what can trade unions do to help?
The EIS has launched new advice designed to support union members at all levels in understanding the issue of violence against women.
The Employment Relations Committee has produced a number of policies over the years relating to challenging behaviour, violence and physical restraint. The Committee has agreed to bring these documents into a single policy document here.
This AGM instructs Council to review and publish revised advice on working with violent and disruptive pupils and college students.
"This AGM instructs Council to consider ways in which: (i) concerns over excessive workload can be publicised and: (ii) best practice in terms of managing workload can be disseminated."
This AGM instructs Council to campaign against the use of zero hours contracts in employment in educational establishments