On the 19th December First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced that schools were no longer reopening after the Christmas break on the 5th of January, instead moving to online learning from the 11th January until the 18th January 2021.
On the 30th December Ms Sturgeon made a further announcement stating that all schools will be closed to most pupils until the middle of February at the earliest.
Through our local associations and direct communications with members, the EIS is concerned that Supply Teachers are not being fully utilised to support remote learning, and in some cases there are reduced opportunities due to the national lockdown.
In order to investigate this issue, the EIS surveyed all members who had indicated that they were (or had been) on a temporary contract to find out about their experiences of getting work during the January 2021 school closure period.
This survey also sought to understand how many members had benefitted from the Job Retention Payment that was available during the first period of lockdown (starting at the beginning of the epidemic in March 2020) and ascertain if this would be useful in the current circumstances.