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June 2018

Message from the General Secretary

Dear Colleague,

It’s been a hectic Education year as always, with the added focus of our pay campaign requiring time, energy and commitment from members.

Please try to switch off for a few weeks, however, and enjoy your well-earned break!

Best wishes,

Larry Flanagan


Message to Minister Delivered!

The final total of signatures for the Message the Minister campaign amounts to over 25,000, almost all of those being from EIS members, with a welcome public supplement from recent street stall activity. 

Postcards and petitions were delivered to the Deputy First Minister on Wednesday 27 June.

The scale of the return, in what is always a busy time of year for schools, is a strong indication of the mood of members and a very definite "Yes” vote in support of the pay campaign.

A very big thank you to everyone who took part in this campaign.

See Pics from Handover

Education Bill Postponement Welcomed

The EIS welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government has ‘paused’ the Education Bill legislation.

This should help ensure a period of stability that Scotland’s teachers, and the EIS, have consistently been calling for.

Read Full Response

Successful Defence of GTCS

The EIS is celebrating success in its campaign to defend the GTCS following confirmation that the proposal to create an Education Workforce Council has been dropped.

The EIS has campaigned strongly for the GTCS to be protected, and this announcement is credit to strong member activism on this vital issue. 

Find Out More

National Pay Campaign – New Reps or Points Of Contact

With an important year coming up, it is very important for all schools to have a school rep.

As a new rep, you can help and support your colleagues in school and your profession. We will provide training and support for reps, and you will be part of a local and national team of like-minded teachers.

We are also seeking ‘pay campaign points of contact’ in those schools where we do not have reps. A ‘points of contact’ would liaise with members and the Local Association on the pay campaign, share pay campaign materials, update members and hold members’ meetings on the pay campaign.  

If you would like to know more about being a rep or a point of contact during the pay campaign then please contact your Local Association Secretary or Organiser.

Contact your LA Secretary

New Anti-Racism Resources

In response to an increase in hostility and prejudice, it is more important than ever for staff and students within educational establishments to understand how to prevent and challenge prejudicial attitudes and behaviours, and for educators to reinvigorate their efforts around preventative anti-racist education.

To support that vital work, the EIS has produced new guidance for members on 'Challenging Anti-Muslim Prejudice' and a new member briefing to support the provision of anti-racist education See: 

Find Out More

Scottish Learning Festival

Registration for SLF 2018 is now open!

SLF is the only free national education event in Scotland with something on offer for everyone involved in Scottish education.

SLF 2018 takes place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September in the SEC, Glasgow.

Register now

International Council Report Published

On Tuesday 26 June, the Scottish Government published the first report from the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA), established two years ago to advise on education policy and reform.

Read the Report

Win a Trip to New York - EIS Financial Services

EIS Financial Services, in conjunction with Cornmarket Insurance Services is running a fantastic competition for EIS members to win a trip to New York with £500 spending money.

Cornmarket Insurance Services is the specialist Teacher insurance partner for EIS, providing car, home, bike, pet and other insurance products for members. Fill in your details to be in with a chance of winning.

Enter the Competition

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