Created on: 10 Dec 2020
Within the EIS November survey, thousands of comments from teachers were collected on issues such as behaviour in the classroom, their health, and wider safety concerns about working in schools.
This is the second in a series of briefings, that the EIS will issue to the Scottish Government outlining the experiences of EIS members. Some comments have been redacted to ensure they do not identify individual schools or members.
3,818 comments were left by members in Level 4 areas in their response to the survey (not all are included in this briefing)
The vast majority of comments highlighted that the Guidance cannot be followed and that teachers cannot consistently keep 2m apart from pupils, due to the large class sizes and the demands of the job
Managing large numbers of pupil absence due to Covid-19 is already putting strain on schools
Clear support from members in Level 4 areas to move to blended learning
Members with underlying physical or mental health conditions are feeling especially vulnerable working in schools – tighter safety measures must be in place for these staff members