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January 2020

The Workload Campaign

In the next session we will be progressing the EIS 'Time to Tackle Workload' campaign which is continuing to generate activity across schools and Local Associations.

We are advising branches to ensure that a whole school audit is carried out and its conclusions acted upon. This approach has been followed in a number of schools already with tangible results for staff in those establishments. The process should be collaborative and collegiate. The outstanding additional in-service days should be used for this activity.

All members are encouraged to attend their EIS Local Association meetings where Local Association Secretaries are discussing our Time to Tackle Workload campaign and the underlying Empowered School system. 

Time to Tackle Workload

ULA Ballot - Use your vote

The EIS University Lecturer’s Association (ULA) are balloting members asking if they would be willing to take strike action on pay. The ballot opened on Wednesday 8th January and will run until Wednesday 30th January.

You can follow the campaign on social media and lend your support by using the hashtag #DifferenceIsStriking.

We urge all EIS-ULA members to vote in the current ballot and use that vote to defend their pay i.e. Vote YES!

The Difference is Striking

The 20:20 Campaign

To date the Time to Tackle Workload campaign has concentrated on delivering increased teacher control of workload in schools by implementing the Empowered School agenda of collegiate working, professional trust and distributive leadership.

Another key element in the campaign will be the '20:20' demand, seeking to reduce teacher workload by obtaining SNCT agreement for a reduction in class size maxima to 20 and a reduction of maximum class contact time to 20 hours per week.

Concrete measures such as these are needed if more time is to be found to support pupils and cut workload.

Further information on this aspect of the campaign will be included in the next SEJ. 


GTCS Elections

Voting for this year's GTCS Council elections is now open. It is crucial that members use their online vote to support all ten of the EIS endorsed candidates who are standing in this election at a time of increasing pressure in our schools, and in a period of culture change in Scottish Education as the Empowerment agenda unfolds.

With the interests of the majority of teachers in mind, members are being encouraged to use their votes to give the EIS endorsed candidates their full backing.

Details of the EIS endorsed candidates' and their election statements, along with guidance on how to vote on the GTCS website, is available on the EIS website.

Voting closes on Friday 7th February (12 noon).

See all EIS candidates

School Sector Member Survey

As part of the Time to Tackle Workload campaign, and to capture evidence on the wide range of issues which members have been raising, the EIS is conducting a membership survey looking into key areas such as workload, teaching experiences and wellbeing.

Owing to the breadth of issues that we are seeking views on, the survey itself will take around 15 minutes to complete, perhaps slightly longer should members wish to leave extended comments.

We would really appreciate you taking the time to share your views.

Take the survey

Council Elections 2020/21

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 2020/21 are available from your Local Association Secretary, Branch Secretary or can be downloaded from the EIS website.

Download nomination form

Oppose the Privatisation of Shetland College

The EIS has concerns over the proposed merger of Shetland College, Train Shetland and NAFC - in particular, that the newly merged institution would be a private company as opposed to a public body like almost all other Scottish colleges.

With very few exceptions, Scottish colleges are democratically accountable public bodies (including subject to scrutiny by the Audit Commission) and Shetland's students and staff deserve the same.

We ask EIS members to call on the Scottish Government to reject the proposal that Shetland College is taken out of public control by signing our petition. 

Sign the petition

Professional Learning Conference

All members are invited to attend the EIS Profession Learning Conference in Glasgow on Saturday 29th February 2020.

The theme of this year's conference is Empowered Schools, Teacher Agency and Wellbeing. Members will hear from Larry Flanagan, Education Scotland and other colleagues across the profession about how teachers at every level can play an active role in the empowerment agenda.

Keynote and interactive seminar sessions will explore empowered schools in the context of EIS' Workload Campaign, as well as teacher agency through curriculum leadership, pedagogy and assessment.

Specialist content for FELA members and early-career teachers will also be included in the programme.

Register for the event

Organiser Support in your Establishment

EIS Organisers are available to visit and support EIS representatives and branches by visiting your school, college or university to discuss ongoing campaigns and EIS activity.

If you would like to arrange for your Organiser to visit your establishment then please feel free to contact them. Details can be found on our website.

Contact your EIS Organiser

EIS School Reps' TUC Training

The 2019-20 programme of EIS TUC School Reps Training Courses will be taking place this year with the first course due to start in March.

If you or another EIS representative at your school wish to attend one of these training courses then please contact your Local Association Secretary (or FELA/ULA Branch Secretary). If you wish to obtain further information regarding the course then please contact your EIS Organiser.

Find out more

Professional Learning Blog

Recent additions to the EIS Professional Learning Blog include reports from local PL events across the country, and members reflecting on how they've changed their own professional practice in light of innovative PL opportunities.

The EIS PL blog contains the latest follow-up materials and information from EIS courses at the national and local level.

Check back regularly for more resources and ideas for enhancing your own professional learning.

Read the Professional Learning Blog

Professional Learning at the Scottish Poetry Library

A limited number of free places are available to EIS members for the following professional learning events on poetry in the classroom, organised by the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh:

  • Edwin Morgan Day - Saturday 25 April 2020, Edinburgh
  • Celebrating Scots in the Classroom - Saturday 27 June 2020, Edinburgh

For further information and to be considered for a free space on any of these courses please see the EIS website.

Find out more

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