Since returning to full time, face-to-face teaching in schools, members have highlighted their safety concerns around the continued spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Many have highlighted their fears of catching the virus, or indeed of passing it on to loved ones.
In light of the recent upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Scotland, and the introduction of the Strategic Framework, the EIS Executive carried out a survey of member opinion on the current situation, including the appetite for potential industrial action.
The survey opened on the afternoon of 10th November and was closed on the evening of 22nd November. During this time 18,733 responses were collected from school-based members working in the Primary, Secondary, Special and Nursery education sectors.
The level of return means that approximately one-third of eligible members completed the survey, which was open for a 12-day period. This represents a good rate of return for this type of survey, especially when considering the short turn-around time. The margin of error in the survey is less than 1%.
The returns represent a good geographical spread which shows that the survey covers the experiences of teachers across the whole country, not just in hot spots.
Likewise, there is a good spread of primary, secondary, special schools and nurseries in the responses.
We believe that the total number of respondents makes this the largest study of its kind on COVID safety in Scotland’s schools. Thank you to all members who took the time to complete the survey.
Read the full survey report here.