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January 2019

EIS Learning Reps News

EIS Learning Reps - network meeting dates 2018-19

  • Thursday 21 February 2019
  • Thursday 23 May 2019

Dates for network meetings in session 2019-20 will be agreed by the CPD Sub-Committee at its May 2019 meeting and these will be shared shortly after.

EIS Learning Reps Facebook group

For the Facebook users among you, a closed group has been set up to allow you to share resources, events and ideas. Search Facebook for EIS Learning Reps.

EIS Learning Reps training

A new training course in in process of being developed in partnership with TUC Education. It is hoped this will be available for prospective Learning Reps from August 2019. To see where vacancies for Learning Reps exist, visit the EIS website here for school-based Learning Reps or here for FE-based Learning Reps.

EIS/SUL Professional Learning courses

EIS Learning Reps are invited to attend Scottish Union Learning-funded EIS courses to introduce the facilitator, evaluate the facilitation and learning, and generally be a presence at the course for the EIS. The courses reflect topics identified by the membership.

The following courses are planned for the coming months. If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please contact lwalker@eis.org.uk

Developing Awareness of Young People’s Mental Health Needs:

Galashiels, Borders: Friday 22 February
Lerwick, Shetland: Saturday 27 April

Additional Support for Learning (3 x 3-hour twilights):

Edinburgh: Thursdays 5-8pm, 7, 21 and 28 February 
Inverness: Wednesdays 5-9pm, 13, 20 and 27 March

Building Teacher Leadership:

Galashiels, Borders: Saturday 9th March
Edinburgh:  Saturday 16th March

SUL Funding 2019-21

The EIS has applied for funding to continue delivering courses, from August 2019:

  • Building Teacher Leadership
  • Women into Leadership
  • BME Teachers and Lecturers into Leadership
  • Additional Support for Learning
  • Developing Awareness of Young People’s Mental Health Needs – Early Years and Primary
  • Developing Awareness of Young People’s Mental Health Needs – Secondary
  • Developing Awareness of Young People’s Mental Health Needs – FE and HE

and to deliver new courses on:

  • Teacher Health and Wellbeing
  • Addressing Sexual Harassment in Schools, FE and HE
  • Supporting Trans and Non-binary Learners
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Conflict Resolution and Restorative Practice
Watch this space for further funding updates.

Current available courses

The Scottish Educational Journal

We always welcome member-produced content for the SEJ.

If you have something you’d like to write about, be it an inspiring piece of professional learning, a local event you’ve organised, or an educational issue you feel strongly about, please get in touch!

Contact the SEJ Team

EIS Organisers

The work of EIS Organisers focuses on the recruitment and retention of members and developing wider membership engagement in the union.

This work includes support for student members; encouraging the involvement of newly qualified teachers; organising and developing training for EIS Reps as well as promoting the EIS at conferences and events.

As well as recruitment, the Organisers can assist Local Associations to develop and deliver bespoke trade-union professional learning events.

EIS Organisers work closely with Local Associations, College Branches and University Branches. Part of their role is also to support the EIS campaigning agenda; they help communicate key campaign and policy messages to members in their workplaces.

Contact your EIS Organiser

EIS Action Research Grants

The application process will open soon for grants to support research to be undertaken in session 2019-20.

The purpose of the EIS action research grants is to facilitate both learning and action, and in doing so, offer teaching professionals the opportunity for personal and professional development.

Grants of £500 are awarded and all EIS members are eligible to apply.

More information about how to apply

Scottish Union Learning: Everyday Skills event

Thursday 28th February 2019, Glasgow

Last year a delegation of EIS Learning Reps attended the annual Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills event, which brings together Learning Reps from a wide range of unions across Scotland.

This year's event will take place on Thursday 28th February 2019 in Glasgow and EIS LRs are actively encouraged to attend.

Scottish Union Learning events

Headteachers' & Deputy Headteachers' Conference 2019

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. For more information see here.

Find out more

Scottish Teachers for Enhancing Practice (STEP) Conference

Saturday 23rd March 2019

This event will be held at the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly the Stirling Business Management Centre of Stirling University).

It costs £35 for membership, which includes the right to attend the conference free of charge and enjoy an excellent lunch and breakfast rolls, plus tea and coffee, in addition to first rate speakers. Please note only GTCS registered teachers can join STEP.

Book a place on the conference

EIS Professional Learning Conference

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 11 May 2019

This half-day conference, taking place in Edinburgh, will focus on Additional Support Needs. More information will be added to the EIS website as it becomes available.

Professional Learning Opportunity for New Teachers

The EIS is holding an Into Teaching Event on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at EIS HQ in Edinburgh.

This is an event for teachers who are in the first four years of their career. 

The event will cover topics such as: Your Professional Learning, Professional Update and Working Time Agreements. 

Find out more

Other Professional Learning Providers and Resources

Unions into schools

A reminder that Learning Reps can deliver the Unions into Schools programme with young people.

LGBT Youth Scotland 

In the same month that the Scottish Government made a commitment to LGBTI inclusive education, LGBT Youth Scotland launched its easy-to-use guide to including LGBT voices and identities across all areas of the curriculum.

The Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland

The Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland produces a newsletter signposting resources and learning opportunities.

One World Centre

One World Centre has provided training on teaching refugee and migrant children, taking a trauma-informed approach.


The e-newsletter produced by the Development Education Centres (DECs) across Scotland.

TUC Education

For a range of learning opportunities from TUC Education, please visit their website.

Moray House School of Education

The Professional Learning Team at Moray House produces a Professional Learning newsletter including web-based and face-to-face learning opportunities.

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