Parliamentary Briefing

Created on: 27 Mar 2024

School teachers in Scotland face challenges. Scotland did not participate in OECD TALIS 2018 and there has been no national or systematic comprehensive engagement by the Scottish Government with teachers on their job satisfaction or work stressors.

 The EIS has had to fill this gap by surveying members and analysing the responses to determine findings and to make recommendations.

The EIS launched its Stand Up for Quality Education (SU4QE) campaign at its AGM in June 2023. The SU4QE campaign has 3 key priority areas identified in our 2023 members survey in which over 16,000 members responded:

  • Build the skills, resources and school culture to address distressed, violent and aggressive pupil behaviour;
  • An increase in funding and support for pupils with additional support needs (ASN); and
  • A significant reduction in teacher workload.

If these issues are successfully addressed by the Scottish Government, COSLA, Local Authorities and teachers we shall be able to sustainably deliver quality education for all.

This briefing paper sets out the evidence supporting the need for national action in each of the three areas above, and the national actions sought.

Parliamentary Briefing
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