Dear Student Member
I hope that you are managing to cope with the very many challenges and stresses this session is throwing at you and that despite it all you retain an enthusiasm for entering into the teaching profession. The task of delivering post pandemic education recovery for Scotland’s children and young people will demand all of your energy, enthusiasm, commitment and growing professionalism so I hope you can keep going.
Your recent thoughts may well have been spent wondering how the extended lockdown will impact on your student year, your placements, and your ability to reach the standard for provisional registration in time to move into a probationary period. The EIS has been involved nationally in consultations around these issues.
The good news is that all parts of the education system are working together to make sure you are all given the opportunity to complete your studies and progress your career. The proposals to support how this can be achieved have been published.
Clearly, the situation is not ideal, but these pragmatic proposals chart a way forward in what remain troubled waters.
As I indicate above, the EIS is very clear that Scottish Education needs you as part of its future. Moving forward we will continue to advocate on your behalf and look after your interests.
New guidance has just been published which sets out the protocols that have been put in place to support student teachers to complete their initial student education, due to the impact of Covid-19.
This year, student placements are taking place under very different circumstances and we want to ensure you are fully supported. The EIS has guidance for students embarking on placements. However latest updates on placements can be found on the GTC Scotland website.
Some students have raised concerns about the safety of their placements. If you have concerns, ensure you are raising these with your university and on placement reach out to your EIS school rep who will also be able to provide advice and support. If your school does not have a school rep, then contact your EIS Local Association Secretary.
Last chance to complete our student survey and enter the prize draw.
Our national student survey seeks to hear your views on becoming a teacher during the pandemic. From dealing with placement and changes to pedagogical approach, to understanding health and safety guidelines and your own wellbeing: we want to understand your experience. You could even be in with the chance of winning a Microsoft Surface Pro 7.
Complete the survey now.
Date: Thursday 25th March
Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm
A new online Webinar for Student Teachers will take place on Thursday 25th March. The event will feature a panel of key speakers on practice teaching placement issues, student teacher mental health & wellbeing in the context of Covid-19 and advice on how student teachers can organise and collectivise within the EIS to solve problems. There will also be a Q&A session with the panel.
The content will reflect the issues drawn from the national student survey above.
Register for the event.
Many of you have recently been in touch with questions and raised a number of issues related to your studies and student placements this year. We have created a frequently asked questions (FAQs) section on the EIS website which we hope will be of support to you. This will be updated regularly.
The student section of the EIS website is designed specifically for student teachers to give you some advice on matters that will be important to you such as: going on placement; support and advice available to you as a student teacher; and how you can get involved with your union and contribute to shaping Scottish education for future teachers and learners.
The EIS is committed to providing all members with high quality professional learning opportunities that support career-long professional development. As a student member, all of the various training courses and professional learning seminars organised by the EIS are open to you. If you are interested in attending any of them, then please contact Rob Henthorn (email@example.com), EIS Professional Learning Coordinator, to register your interest.
Every University Students’ Association encourages students to set up a society on an issue or subject that is important to them. The EIS has supported the formation of Student Teacher Societies and provided funding and speakers for events they have organised. Remote learning this year means we will have to explore different ways to stay connected and share experiences, but student societies will still be important.
An EIS Student Society would meet regularly to allow EIS student members to discuss local and national education issues and debates; to identify any student teacher concerns related to school placements and how the EIS might raise and resolve these; to make a contribution to EIS campaigns and get to know the wider work and organisation of the union.
If you are interested in setting up a Student Teacher Society and want to organise online events to stay in touch with fellow students then get in touch with the EIS Organisers, who are happy to help with these meetings and provide an update on the support available to you.
The EIS allocates part of its annual budget to Student Sponsorship for each Teacher Education Institution in Scotland. If you have an idea for an event, such as an online training event that requires some funding, please get in touch with your EIS Organiser. Visit our website for more information on the types of events we can support you with, but we are always open to new ideas.
It is so important that you look after your mental health and wellbeing throughout your studies. The EIS has an online resource to promote health and wellbeing for teachers and there are lots of other useful links available on the student section of our website.
Local Associations are the basic branch structure of the EIS with the 32 LAs matching the 32 Council areas.
All EIS student members automatically become members of their Local Association in your University area and you are welcome to attend its meetings and events (currently online).
Contact your Local Association to discover what events they are running over the coming months and to get involved.
Organisers are full time EIS staff who support the work of branches and members across all of the EIS areas of activity.
If you would like advice while you are on placement, are seeking information related to your future employment as a teacher, or if you would like to be more involved with the EIS please contact your EIS Organiser.