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March 2018

Reminder to Lobby your Local Councillor

As part of the EIS 2018-19 Pay Campaign we are asking members to send their local councillors an email outlining the case for the teachers’ pay claim.

A model text can be found on our website which members are welcome to amend/personalise.

We are also eager to hear members' views in order to support the future development of the pay campaign. Please feel free to copy us into emails to your Councillors or forward any responses you receive to campaigns@eis.org.uk

Lobby your local Councillor

Pay Update – On-going Negotiations

Following submission of the Teachers’ Side pay claim at the SNCT on 8 February a response from COSLA is awaited. COSLA’s initial response will be decided at its meeting of Council Leaders on 23 March. 

A meeting of the Extended Joint Chairs (part of negotiating machinery of the SNCT) is being held on 27 March and it is our expectation that a response to our pay claim will be made. 

It is essential that our campaigning continues to have maximum impact on the decision makers in both local and national government.

EIS Council Elections 2018/19

The EIS Council for 2018 – 2019 has now been confirmed.

The EIS President for 2018 – 2019 will be, Alison Thornton, Edinburgh with Bill Ramsay, South Lanarkshire as Vice-President.

Full details of the results of Council 2017/2018 can be found on our website.

View the full results

Empowering teachers: Turning up the Volume on Professional Voice

Education Conference – Saturday 28 April 2018, Glasgow.

Registration is now open for this conference.

Internationally renowned Finnish educationalist Pasi Sahlberg is the main keynote speaker. There will be extended time for audience conversation and discussion with Pasi on the themes that he raises in relation to education and educational reform.

Further details, including the full programme of the event including workshops covering a range of topical matters, can be found on our website.


Book now, to reserve a place for a conference carefully designed to encourage amplification of our professional voice on the myriad of live issues that we face.

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Scottish National Standardised Assessments

As previously reported, the Scottish Government launched the Scottish National Standardised Assessments last August for use with P1, P4, P7 and S3 for this session and beyond.

Training for teachers in the use of SNSAs and the data generated by them, should have been delivered by SCHOLAR, according to need as determined by local authorities.

The EIS remains firm in its position that all assessment should support learning, should be timed appropriately as determined by teacher professional judgement, and should not be conducted with whole cohorts at once.

We encourage any member concerned about the handling of SNSAs to seek further advice from the Local Association Secretary or EIS Headquarters.

Further information

Attainment of School Aged Children Experiencing Poverty

The Education and Skills Committee has launched an inquiry into the attainment and achievement of school aged children experiencing poverty and is keen to hear from teachers.

The EIS will be submitting a response as an organisation but if you wish to respond as an individual teacher, please note, the deadline for responses is 22 March 2018. However, the Committee have confirmed they will accept submission until 29 March.

Please keep any responses to less than 4 sides of A4 and email them to es.submissions@parliament.scot

Find out more

Work with Us

Campaigns & Policy Research Assistant (Re-Advertisement)

This new fixed term post is to be based in the Institute’s Edinburgh Headquarters and involves supporting the work of the Institute in its campaign activities, drafting policy briefing papers and associated research, and undertaking various administrative and promotional tasks.

Secondments can be considered where applicants have the prior approval of their current employer.

Applications can be made on our website. Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Apply now

Action Research Grants

The EIS will again be offering action research grants of £500 for research projects to be carried out in 2018-19.

Applications are now invited and should link to one (or more) of the following themes:

  • Closing the attainment gap
  • Professional collaboration
  • Additional support for learning
  • Equality (protected characteristics)
  • Health and wellbeing of teachers/lecturers/pupils
  • Early years education
  • Impact of professional learning
  • Home-school relationships

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 27th April 2018. 

Apply now

Funded Masters Level Study - Few spaces remaining

City & Guilds Masters Professional Practitioner Award

In partnership with the EIS, City & Guilds offers this SCQF Level 11 Masters in Education (MPPA), designed for practising teachers and educators who wish to develop their skills and experience.

The programme is a comprehensive qualification that offers structured support for self-study, work-based development activities and end of unit assignments. It is completed online via the City & Guilds Learning Assistant e-portfolio system.

The first unit (of three) is fully funded by Scottish Government. You must apply by the end of March and only a handful of spaces remain. They will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Apply now

Win a Trip to New York - EIS Financial Services

We are running a competition in partnership with Cornmarket Insurance Services, where one of our members could win a trip to New York plus £500 spending money.

To be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize all you need to do is visit the financial services website and complete the entry form.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

You must be an EIS member in order to enter. The entry deadline 30/06/18. 

Enter the competition

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