Poverty and Inequity

Created on: 10 Mar 2022

The deep inequalities in Scottish society have been laid bare by the experience of the past two years.

 The EIS demands:

  • Investment in education for equity, particularly in the context of Covid-19 and the impact that it has had on the learning of the most disadvantaged young people

  • Universal provision of free school meals (including over holiday periods) and breakfast clubs for all Nursery and school-aged children

  • Access to digital hardware and broadband for all pupils to help tackle digital poverty

  • Accessible, local, publicly funded support services for pupils – including CAMHS, speech therapy, health etc

  • Free and equitable access to school clubs and sports for all pupils

  • Progress on and resourcing of the commitment to free instrumental tuition for all pupils who wish it - an end to IMT staffing cuts and waiting lists for children and young people

  • Prioritisation of equality to create safe, equitable, inclusive, and non- discriminatory environments for all staff and students

  • Reversal of cuts to EAL provision and an expansion across Councils of this vital service