SEJ December 2014

Created on: 08 Dec 2014 | Last modified: 16 Feb 2022

Vol. 98, Issue No. 06

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Up for School

The EIS is an affiliate of Education International, and supports EI's work in promoting a quality education for people around the world. It is still the case that, in too many countries, access to education is seen as a privilege and not as a right. The EIS and all partner organisations working together through EI are determined to open free access to education for all children...(page 08).

EIS Survey Highlights Need for Action to Reduce School Bureaucracy

A National Survey carried out by the EIS has highlighted a clear need for firm action to deliver meaningful reductions in unnecessary bureaucracy in schools. The EIS recently surveyed its Representatives in schools to gauge the impact of the Report of the CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy in delivering improvement at school level...(Page 10) 


Another String to Her Bow

In addition to being one of the world's leading classical musicians, the renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is also a passionate supporter of music education in schools. The SEJ spoke with Nicola at a recent Live Lesson in Glasgow, where she performed and worked with pupils as part of the BBC's Ten Pieces project - an initiative that aims to encourage and promote classical music education in primary schools...(Page 14)


What About Students with Learning Disabilities?

The current Westminster Government's attempts to reduce the deficit by attacking public services across the UK continue apace. The past few years have left Scotland with fewer colleges, fewer lecturers and fewer student places. Added to this has been the drive to slash part time courses for students with learning difficulties, partly due to the Scottish Government's targeting of FE at 16 - 19 year olds...(Page 22)


Supporting Members in Times of Need

The EIS Benevolent Fund was established to provide assistance to members and their dependents who are suffering financial hardship due to unexpected illness, long-term health problems or a sudden change in financial circumstances. Here, supply teacher Brian Keeley shares his own story and explains how the EIS Benevolent Fund helped him...(Page 12)