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June 2019

Message from the General Secretary

Dear Colleague,

It's been a hectic education year as always, and a particularly busy session for the EIS with the Value Education Value Teachers campaign being a major focus.

While the issue of pay has been settled members have made it clear that other pressures such as under-resourced ASN provision and excessive workload urgently need to be addressed. The campaign, therefore, continues in the new session as we seek to make progress to improve these areas for our members. As I said at the AGM, "We're not finished yet!"

Before then, however, I hope you take the time to relax and enjoy your well-earned break! (Our understanding is that by the end of June, in-post members should all have received their back pay and the new increases so that might come in handy!)

Best wishes,

Larry Flanagan

Value Education Value Teachers Video

Delegates at the 2019 AGM were shown the following video outlining key points throughout the Value Education Value Teachers campaign.

A copy of the video has now been added onto the website for members. 

Watch the video

Poverty Survey - Closing Soon

How is poverty continuing to affect children and young people's education in Scotland?

The EIS Equality Committee is keen to engage with members again on this important issue, and would very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.

Please register your views before 28 June. The answers you give will be invaluable in shaping EIS campaigning, policy and professional learning offered to members, including through the new PACT project.

Take part in the survey

ULA Ballot Result

The ULA Consultative Ballot closed on Tuesday 18 June.

Members voted overwhelmingly to reject the current pay offer with 84% voting reject, 16% voting accept and a turnout of 40%.

Further details will be sent following the summer break. For more information please contact the Further and Higher Education Department at HQ. 

FELA Dispute Concluded

Following acceptance of the recent pay offer the action short of a strike has now ended.

Advice has been issued to Branch Secretaries, providing guidance on how to manage the backlog of work which may have emerged as a result of industrial action. Members have lost six days of pay and should not be undertaking 'catch-up' work out-with their contracted hours.

If you have any questions, then please contact your Branch Secretary directly.

Become a Learning Rep - New Course for 2019/20

The EIS believes that teachers should get the best possible career-long professional learning, led by teachers and lecturers. If you want to help make this a reality, becoming an EIS Learning Rep could be an opportunity for you or someone you know.

EIS Learning Reps work with members to support them on professional learning issues, ensure access to high quality training opportunities, and take forward the professional learning agenda in the workplace.

You will receive thorough training for this role, with a brand new Learning Reps training course for launching in August designed to prepare new EIS Learning Reps for leadership on professional learning in Scotland.

You can find out if there is a vacancy in your Local Association or Branch on our website.

For more information about the the new Learning Reps course, and how you can be part of it, visit our website, or email Rob Henthorn the Professional Learning Co-Ordinator. 

Find out more


The AGM special edition of the SEJ is now available to view online. 

This edition provides a report on the key debates and speeches from the three days of conference, and highlights the key decisions taken by this year’s AGM.

Further coverage of the AGM can be found on the EIS website and on Twitter using the hashtag #EISAGM19

Read the SEJ

Opportunity to attend STUC Black Workers' Conference

The EIS is looking for delegates to attend the Black Workers' Conference in Glasgow from 5-6 October. The deadline for expressing interest is tomorrow, 21 June 2019.

Attending will provide an opportunity to influence the anti-racist agenda within Scotland alongside other trade unions and meet other Black and Minority Ethnic colleagues.

Please contact Christina Starko in the Education Department to register your interest. 

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