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January 2019

Value Education Value Teachers - Update

Following a special Council meeting on 12 January a move towards a statutory ballot for industrial action was approved. The ballot is scheduled to open on Thursday 31 January.

Since the ballot has been announced, the Cabinet Secretary has written to the EIS outlining his proposal for an enhanced offer.

However, until this proposal is put forward by COSLA it is not yet a formal offer. Only local authorities can actually make a pay offer to teachers.

COSLA leaders are scheduled to meet on Friday, where they will decide whether or not to make the improved pay offer to teachers.

Should they decide to make the offer, the EIS will suspend the planned strike ballot while it consults its members on whether or not to accept the new offer.

The latest updates on the campaign

EIS-ULA Statutory Ballot

EIS-ULA has been in dispute since July 2018 over a failure to agree a cost of living pay rise.

As a result of the failure to agree EIS-ULA is now moving to a Statutory Ballot for Strike Action. The ballot opened yesterday and will close on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

As with all statutory ballots, this is a paper ballot to ULA members' home addresses and anyone who has not received their ballot paper by Thursday 24 January should contact membership@eis.org.uk or call 0131 225 6244.

Find out more about the ULA Ballot

FELA Strike

College lecturers across Scotland took part in a day of strike action on Wednesday 16 January in a dispute over pay.

Scotland's FE Lecturers have not received a cost of living pay increase since April 2016.

The next FELA strike day is scheduled for Tuesday 5th February. 

Find out more about the strike

Council Elections 2019/20

The EIS Council is the principal executive committee of the EIS. It meets around five times a year, usually in Edinburgh, and at the AGM.

Nomination forms for members interested in standing for election to Council for 2019/2020 are available from your Local Association Secretary or Branch Secretary and from the EIS website.

Download nomination form

Revisions to Advanced Higher Course Assessments 2019-20

The SQA has advised it will shortly be publishing information regarding revisions to assessment for Advanced Higher from Session 2019-20.

The information will be available for all subjects at www.sqa.org.uk/nqsubjects by the end of January.

Further updates, including when each summary is available, will be communicated through the SQA weekly newsletter (Centre News) and through their social media channels.

Read full statement from SQA

EIS Extra

Starting this month EIS members' benefits will be delivered by Parliament Hill, the benefit management experts.

The new EIS Extra member benefits scheme will give you access to a whole host of offers and discounts. Whether you are looking to save at the supermarket till, booking a new holiday or after a new deal on your insurance, EIS Extra member benefits will have an offer for you.

Your first EIS Extra card will be mailed out with the next edition (February) of the SEJ.

Find out more

Work with Us

The EIS is Scotland’s largest and most influential trade union and professional organisation for teachers and lecturers, with over 55,000 members working in all education sectors. We are currently recruiting:

  • Professional Learning Co-ordinator
  • Accountant
Applications must be made by completing the application form on our website. Closing date is 12pm 13 February. 

Apply now

Passionate about Professional Learning?

Do you feel strongly about access to interesting, relevant, high quality professional learning? If so, becoming an EIS Learning Rep could be an opportunity for you or someone you know.

The primary role of the EIS Learning Rep is to engage with and support members on professional learning issues, as well as to take forward the professional learning agenda in the workplace.

You can find out if there is a vacancy in your Local Association by visiting www.eis.org.uk/Contacts/LRs-Contacts or www.eis.org.uk/Contacts/LRs-FE-Contact for vacancies in college branches.

Find out more about Learning Reps

HT & DHT Conference - Save the Date

The EIS is holding its annual Headteachers' and Depute Headteachers' Conference on Friday 1st March 2019 at the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton.

Themed 'Empowering Schools', the Conference will explore the developing empowering schools agenda in Scotland – what empowered schools could look like in practice; the implications for decision-making within each sphere of the education system; and the extent to which 'empowerment' might lead to greater equity and enhanced outcomes for children and young people.

Find out more about the conference

Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition Preview

Date: Wednesday 30th January 
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

This touring exhibition, previously on show at London's Southbank Centre, marks the 2018 centenary of iconic leader Nelson Mandela's birth.

The exhibition celebrates his life, career, and commitment to equality and justice. The event is free, and everyone is welcome.

Register your interest

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