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February 2020

School Sector Survey

Thank you to everyone who filled in our school sector survey that was running throughout February. At time of closing we received over 17,000 responses to questions on workload, violence in the classroom and health and wellbeing.

This is 5,000 more responses than we gathered through the Value Education, Value Teachers survey, which will give us a strong evidence base for future campaigning.

Over the coming weeks we will be analysing these results and preparing briefings for the media, the Deputy First Minister and other relevant stakeholders. A full report will be drawn up in due course and shared with all members.

Workload Training Events

We have arranged four Time to Tackle Workload training events in Paisley, Inverurie, Stirling and Edinburgh.

The training will focus on school empowerment and how it can be used to tackle workload in schools. It is aimed at representatives, members who are active within their branches or members that would like to know more about our Time to Tackle Workload campaign.

More information about the training along with details on how to register can be found on our website. 

Register for the training

20/20 Campaign SNCT Update

At its meeting on 20 February 2020 the SNCT Teachers' Panel adopted the EIS position of negotiating a decrease in class size maxima and class contact time, to 20 pupils and 20 hours respectively.

This position was taken forward by the Teachers' Panel to the main meeting of the SNCT and is now on the negotiating agenda. 

The Teachers' Side Joint Chair, Des Morris (EIS Salaries Committee Convener) put forward our negotiating position and referenced the need for such reductions to make a significant impact on teacher workload. Whilst recognising that progress will be neither easy nor immediate, both issues are now part of SNCT discussions.


Feedback on the Empowered School System

The EIS would like to encourage all school based members, either individually or as a part of a group, to participate in the current engagement exercise on the draft guidance on an Empowered School System.

The information on the draft guidance can be accessed on the Scottish Government website and feedback can be given via email or the online pro-forma by the end of March 2020.

Provide feedback

The Difference is Striking - ULA Industrial Action

The EIS University Lecturers' Association (ULA) has achieved a mandate for strike action across a number of institutions. These include Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow School of Art and the University of the West of Scotland.

The first of five days of strike action took place on 20th February and the action is scheduled to continue for 4 weeks. 

More information

Become a Learning Rep - Now Recruiting for 2020

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 specialist EIS Learning Reps training course designed to prepare new Learning Reps for leadership on professional learning in Scotland.

For more information about the Learning Reps course, and how you can be part of it, see How to become a Learning Rep on the EIS website, or email the Professional Learning Co-Ordinator at  rhenthorn@eis.org.uk.

Find out more about Learning Reps

Council Results 2020/21

The EIS Council for 2020 2021 has now been confirmed.

The EIS President for 2020 2021 will be, Carole Thorpe, Aberdeen City with Heather Hughes, West Lothian as Vice-President.

Full details of the results for Council 2020/2021 can be found on our website.

See full results

Early Years Teachers our value and our professional identity

The EIS will host a half-day professional learning event on Saturday 21st March at our Edinburgh headquarters Training Suite, bringing together Early Years Teachers to explore and build their professional identities.

Members will hear from colleagues across the Early Years sector, with keynote and seminar sessions exploring teacher agency and leadership with regards to Early Years curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. For further details, please contact Pauline McColgan at pmccolgan@eis.org.uk

Parliament Hill - Member Discount Scheme

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Affinity Scheme provides EIS members access to exclusive savings on their range of new vehicles.

Exceptional promotions are now available on new Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Jeep cars, as well as Fiat Professional vans.

With EIS Extra and through Vauxhall Partners, you and your family can benefit from exclusive special offers on new Vauxhalls.

Register or log in to EIS Extra and search for Fiat or 'Vauxhall.' 

*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. Fiat Group - please contact your retailer for details. Vauxhall Associate Partners - when you join Partners you may be contacted by Vauxhall, you can opt out: https://www.partnersprogramme.co.uk/contact. EIS Extra is managed and run on behalf of the EIS by Parliament Hill Ltd.

EIS Action Research Grants 2020 Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the EIS Action Research Grants programme 2020-21.

EIS members have the opportunity to access £500 of funding to facilitate both learning and action and, in doing so, offer teaching professionals the opportunity for personal and professional development.

Researchers are further supported by regular peer-support meetings and guidance from academic partners to enhance their projects and wider professional learning.

EIS Action Researchers go on to present at conferences and events across Scotland, and share their findings with the wider sector.

For a list of possible topics and information on how to apply, visit our website or email the Professional Learning Co-Ordinator at rhenthorn@eis.org.uk

Apply now

Health and Wellbeing Online Resource

The EIS launched an online resource to promote health and wellbeing for teachers in January, to support our current Time to Tackle Workload campaign.

There is a wide range of resources easily available around the wide-reaching topic of teacher health and wellbeing. The choice can be overwhelming, so we have collected free, quality assured resources, indicating where and when practitioners may find them useful.

Health and Wellbeing Resource

Oppose the Privatisation of Shetland College

The EIS continues to express concerns over the proposed merger of Shetland College, Train Shetland and NAFC, in particular. A recent petition opposing the merger was signed by 500 people from Shetland, including most Shetland College staff and students. 

More than 200 postcards have also been sent to the 22 councillors on Shetland Council, expressing opposition to the privatisation of tertiary education in Shetland. EIS-FELA believes this demonstrates the strength of feeling that exists throughout Shetland about the merger, and we would urge councillors to take full account of their constituents opinions when it comes time for the full council to consider this matter.

Taking Pride in Teaching LGBT+ Young People

On Saturday 25th January, over 30 EIS members from all over Scotland gathered at EIS HQ in Edinburgh for a professional learning event on implementing LGBT+ Inclusive Education.

Visit the Professional Learning Blog for a round up of learning and resources from partners, such as LGBT Youth Scotland, around the topic.

Professional Learning Blog

Tools to Teach Learning for Sustainability

Join EIS members and partner organisations for a professional learning event on Learning for Sustainability on Saturday 28th March. Participants will learn about resources and support available to teachers to lead on Learning for Sustainability through curriculum content, practical activities and school policies.

Keynotes and workshops include Education Scotland, Scotdec, the Rock Trust and LFS Scotland showcasing materials and strategies that can be taken straight into the classroom.

For more information or to register please contact cstarko@eis.org.uk providing any dietary or access requirements.

Register your interest

Translated Migrant Booklets

The EIS has produced a suite of educational packs to welcome young people from migrant and refugee families into Scottish schools.

The booklets included in the packs aim to give newly arrived young people and their families some information about school education in Scotland, as well as some background about Scotland itself by way of introduction to the country.

Polish and Arabic versions of the booklet for parents and carers are now available on our website.

Read the translated booklet

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