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April 2018

Lobby your Local MSP

Following on from the "lobby your councillor” fortnight, we are asking members to send their local MSP an email outlining the case for the teachers’ 10% pay claim.

As Scottish Government is a key partner in the SNCT, it is important that as many members as possible take part in this lobbying campaign, in order to build support for our claim. 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 MSP or forward any responses you receive to campaigns@eis.org.uk

Lobby your local MSP

Pay Update – On-going Negotiations

Following submission of the Teachers’ Side pay claim of 10% a meeting of the Extended Joint Chairs was held on the 23rd March and a differentiated pay deal of 2 and 3 per cent was offered.

The teachers’ side of the SNCT has rejected this offer.

Full details of the offer can be found here.

The next meeting of the Extended Joint Chairs is being held this Thursday, 19 April and the full SNCT meets on 31 May 2018.

Reps and Members will be advised of the progress of negotiations.

It is essential that our campaigning continues in order to have maximum impact on future negotiations. 

Follow the campaign

May Day Demonstrations

To highlight the importance of the teachers’ 10% Pay Claim, the EIS will be joining other trade unions at the various May Day demonstrations being held across the country.

We urge members to attend their local May Day march and rally in recognition of fair pay for all public-sector workers and specifically in support of the ongoing teachers’ Pay Campaign.

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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 we enter the final term of the school session when many schools will be implementing SNSA’s, the EIS continues to monitor approaches to implementation and 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.

The EIS has previously provided advice on assessment to members to this effect. A poster summarising EIS policy on assessment can be found on the EIS website.

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

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Pay Campaign – Organiser Assistance Available

As the Value Education Value Teachers pay campaign continues, organisers are out visiting schools and meeting with members. If you have not had a meeting in your school or cluster and would like to host one and have an organiser visit, contact your local organiser. Details of the area each organiser covers can be found on the here.

There are also lobbies of political party conferences happening across Scotland. Lobbies have already taken place at Labour and Green Party conferences. The next lobby will be taking place at the Liberal Democrat conference in Aviemore on the 21st of April.

Contact DThompson@eis.org.uk for more information and watch out for information being sent out by organisers of lobbies in your area.

National Reps Training

Having an EIS Representative in the workplace makes a real difference and the role you play is an extremely valuable one.

The EIS is encouraging Reps to take up the opportunity to participate in EIS TUC Representatives’ Training Courses.

We have training courses taking place in Glasgow and Inverness and spaces are still available but limited. 

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Health and Safety Rep Training

Twenty health and safety reps from across Scotland have been trained by the EIS this academic year. Having an EIS Health & Safety Representative in the workplace is extremely important, it is a key role and can make a tangible difference to working conditions.

There are places still available on the health and safety reps training course taking place at Moray Place. Contact your association secretary this week if you would like to attend.

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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

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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