Dear Rep / Branch Sec
As this is the last Bulletin of the academic year, please allow me to offer a huge vote of thanks to you for the sterling work you do on behalf of members, especially in this most testing of years. School Reps and Branch Secretaries are the backbone of the Union and the EIS could not carry out its valuable work without your contributions so a very genuine thank you to you all. I hope you enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation over the summer holiday period.
Again, thank you for your commitment to others.
The Education Department has published updated guidance to reflect the recent changes made in the Scottish Government ‘Guidance on Reducing the Risks from COVID-19 in Schools’ and the Education Scotland guidelines on practical activities. The advice sets out the types of activities which can be undertaken at each protection level in P.E., Dance and the Expressive Arts and provides additional guidance on sports days, school trips and transition visits. The updated advice can be accessed here.
Action for Reps: Please make members aware of the updated guidance.
The Education Department recently updated the Curriculum and Pedagogy advice in line with changes to the Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): Reducing the Risks in Schools and Early Learning and Childcare Services Guidance, including sections on transitions.
Action for Reps: School Reps are encouraged to highlight this guidance to colleagues in their settings and to use it to inform collegiate discussion in relation to setting-based transition arrangements.
EIS-ULA members at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are currently balloting members for industrial action over a dispute about pay and grading. They wish for management to agree a date to begin a long overdue pay and grading review to pull SRUC lecturers in line with sector norms. SRUC campuses include Barony (Dumfries), Craibstone (Aberdeen), Elmwood (Fife), King’s Buildings (Edinburgh), Oatridge (West Lothian) and Riverside (Ayr).
Action for Reps and Branch Secretaries: Support SRUC colleagues by sending messages of solidarity to branches, following @UlaEis on Twitter and using #FairPayForSRUC.
TUC Training Courses for Reps
Places will soon be open for an online EIS Rep training course for the 2021/2022 academic year. It is a bespoke course for EIS Reps that is accredited by the TUC. Applications are sought from Reps, especially those who have previously undertaken the 4 day EIS Reps courses.
The course will deepen your working knowledge of trade unionism, being a workplace Rep and how best to represent members in your school, building your confidence in this important role. The course is entirely online to fit around Reps’ work and lives. It is broken up into two 10 week blocks between September 2021 and April 2022, and is delivered by the City of Glasgow College.
Training is available for all School Reps, run in conjunction with the TUC. The 4-day courses are offered in 2 x 2 day blocks and are aimed at Reps who are relatively new in the role or those who have had no formal union training.
A full list of training dates is available here.
Action for Reps and Branch Secretaries: If you are a Rep, Health and Safety Rep or a member interested in becoming one then please contact your Local Association Secretary to be nominated, who will then register with Jennifer Cook on JCook@eis.org.uk.
A range of resources have been developed over the past year, which you can continue to access, for your own use and for those you work with.
The Health and Well-being Resource includes a host of resources around supporting the mental health and well-being of self and others in the workplace.
The Our Well-being Matters Programme contains a wealth of practical resources around well-being, from digital detoxing, to the effect of nutrition on how we feel.
Recordings of webinars hosted over the past year are available on a variety of topics, from Covid-Secure Pedagogy, to equality related topics.
Upcoming Professional Learning
Professional Learning in topics such as leadership, learning for sustainability, and mental health awareness will be available from early September 2021.
Action for Reps and Branch Secretaries: Please make members aware of the available professional learning resources.