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September 2019

Message from the General Secretary

Dear Member,

Welcome to this e-bulletin for EIS student members and welcome to the teaching profession.

The EIS is the largest teacher trade union in Scotland, with over 60,000 members. We have over 80% of the country's teaching professionals as members.

Regardless of the sector in which you work, we are here to provide professional support to you at the start of your career, along with advice and information about your rights as a student teacher. We also provide our members with access to representation including legal advice and protection, should they ever need it.

You will be aware of the success of our recent Value Education Value Teachers campaign which means that probationers salaries are now £26,697 rising to £27,498 in April 2020. In your first year as a qualified teacher your starting salary will now be £32,994 - a significant jump from the previous starting salary of £27,438.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for your course and for your future career in teaching.

Best Wishes,

Larry Flanagan
EIS General Secretary

Supporting Student Teachers

Every University Students' Association encourages students to set up a society on an issue or subject that is important to them.

The EIS has supported the formation of Student Teacher Societies and provided funding and speakers for events they have organised.

An EIS Student Society would meet regularly with other EIS student members to discuss local and national education issues and debates; identify any student teacher concerns related to school placements and how the EIS might raise and resolve these; make a contribution to EIS campaigns and get to know the wider work and organisation of the union.

Find out more

Contact your Organiser

If you would like advice while you're on placement, information related to your future employment as a teacher or would like to be more involved with the EIS please contact your EIS Organiser.

Contact your EIS Organiser

Student Sponsorship 2019-2020

The EIS allocates part of its annual budget to Student Sponsorship for each Teacher Education Institution in Scotland. 

If you have an idea for an event that requires some funding, please get in touch with your EIS Organiser.

Get in touch

Time to Tackle Workload

The 'Value Education Value Teachers' campaign has delivered a landmark settlement on pay that covers the period April 2018 until March 2021; a success built on a campaign of member activism.

EIS members also identified workload as being a significant issue and we will be campaigning on this from August 2019. Look out for the 'Time to Tackle Workload' campaign when you are out in schools.

Find out more about the campaign

Your Local Association

All EIS student members automatically become members of their Local Association in your University area and you are welcome to attend its meetings and events.

Find and contact your Local Association to discover what events they are running over the coming months and to get involved.

Contact your Local Association

Professional Learning

The EIS is committed to providing all members with high quality professional learning opportunities that support career-long professional development.

As a student member, any of the various training courses and professional learning seminars organised by the EIS are open to you.

Details of courses and events can be found on our website and if you are interested in attending any of them, then please contact Rob Henthorn, EIS Professional Learning Coordinator, to register your interest.

Courses and Events

Better than Zero campaign

Many students are involved in part-time work during the course of their studies. The STUC Better Than Zero campaign fights to end zero hour's contracts, poor pay and zero respect in the workplace. More information can be found in 'IntoTeaching', the EIS Student Teacher magazine.

Read Into Teaching

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