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February 2020

Message from the General Secretary

Dear Member,

Welcome to this e-bulletin aimed at EIS members currently undertaking teacher training. As Scotland's largest teaching union, we are here to help you in whatever way possible as you start out on your career.

As well as the items highlighted below, the EIS website is full of useful advice and information which you may wish to take a look at.

Teacher training can be an intensive and exhausting course, so remember to give yourself a well-earned break over the holidays when they come.

Best wishes,

Larry Flanagan
General Secretary

EIS Website

Supporting You on Placement

Your first placement should be an enjoyable and inspiring time that runs smoothly from beginning to end although there is always the potential for unforeseen circumstances to affect parts of the placement experience.

The EIS has produced guidance for students embarking on placements which can be found on our website.

Guidance for starting your placement

EIS Professional Learning Conference 2020

All members are invited to attend the EIS Professional Learning Conference in Glasgow on Saturday 29th February 2020. The theme of this year’s conference is "Professional Learning for an Empowered Profession”, focussing on School Empowerment, Teacher Agency and Wellbeing.

Members will hear from colleagues across the profession about how teachers at every level play an active role in the empowerment agenda. Keynote and interactive seminar sessions will explore empowered schools in the context of the EIS Time To Tackle Workload campaign, as well as teacher agency through curriculum leadership, pedagogy and assessment.

To register for the event please email ncarroll@eis.org.uk with your name, EIS membership number and dietary requirements.

Register for the event

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.

Contact an EIS Organiser

Setting up a Student Teacher Society

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.

A Teacher Health and Wellbeing Resource

The EIS has recently launched a new online resource to promote health and wellbeing for teachers. The new resource, available via the EIS website, is intended to support the union’s current Time to Tackle Workload campaign.

There is a wide range of resources easily available on this topic so the EIS has collected free, quality assured resources which you can find on our website. Remember to also look out for the Time to Tackle Workload campaign when you are out in schools on placement and follow us on social media to keep up to date.

Find out more

EIS Training Courses and Workshops

You will find upcoming courses and development opportunities regularly updated on our website. Please visit regularly for latest opportunities.

We warmly welcome your ideas and feedback around Professional Learning; if you have any questions or comments, please contact Rob Henthorn, EIS Professional Learning Co-ordinator.

Find out more

EIS Organiser Support for Students

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.

Ruth Winters: Glasgow University (Crichton Campus, Dumfries) and Queen Margaret University

Lou Dear: Edinburgh University and Stirling University

Dan Thompson: Aberdeen University and Dundee University

Dee Matthew: Glasgow University and Strathclyde University

Suki Sangha: University of West of Scotland

Contact your Organiser

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