EIS to the Fore at TUC The EIS played a prominent role at this year’s Trade Union Congress in Brighton. President Pat Flanagan led the EIS delegation and moved a Motion on Education Funding Cuts, where he focused on the sharp decline in Further Education budgets and raised concerns over the disproportionate impact on
students with disabilities and additional support needs. The Vice-Convener of the Equality Committee, Mary Matheson, spoke on a Motion addressing Education and Poverty, highlighting the need to address issues associated with poverty to tackle the attainment gap and provide all pupils with
the chance to achieve their potential. General Secretary Larry Flanagan supported a major composite Motion opposing austerity and calling for an end to public sector pay restraint. He emphasised the need for all unions to work closely together to ensure a fair deal for all public sector workers.
National Occupational Networks National Occupational Networks operate to represent certain members who are part of an occupational group within the EIS who have distinctive interests and who may not be represented in other structures within the Institute. These groups operate on behalf of five categories of members – Additional Support Needs, Educational Psychologists, Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers, Instrumental Music Teachers and Quality Improvement Officers. Networks operate to offer a forum for such members, to keep the main body of the EIS advised of developments in these
areas and to allow proper assistance to be offered to these members in matters which affect them. Occupational Networks discuss matters of specific interest to these categories of members and the results of their discussions are passed to Executive Committee or Local Associations to form part of the normal process of policy consideration. New elections to the Networks are now underway, and any relevant members have the opportunity to nominate themselves for election. Applications are invited from members in these categories to serve as the
Asbestos in Schools The dangers of asbestos have long been known. But as it can be many decades from exposure to an asbestos-related disease causing symptoms, the management of asbestos may not always be the priority it should be. A recent national conference, arranged by the charity Scottish Hazards in association with the STUC and Thompsons solicitors, focused on the management of asbestos in schools and other public buildings. A number of EIS Representatives from across Scotland attended the event. The conference was prompted by STUC Freedom of Information requests sent to all local authorities in Scotland, requesting information about the management of asbestos in schools. The findings, from those authorities that responded, indicate that almost 90% of Scottish school buildings contain asbestos. The conference highlighted the importance of proper asbestos management to ensure that pupils and staff are not placed at risk of asbestos exposure. Next month’s SEJ will include an in-depth look at the issue of asbestos and how it should be safely managed.
representative of their Local Association area on the national Network for their category. One Network representative is elected for each Local Association area and members may nominate themselves. The period of office is three years and Networks normally meet around two occasions each year. Nomination forms are available from Local Association Secretaries and from the Organisation Department at EIS Headquarters and should be sent to Local Association Secretaries to arrive no later than Friday 20 November 2015.
“the management of asbestos may not always be the priority it should be”
Further information: Scottish Hazards www.scottishhazards.co.uk Asbestos in Schools www.asbestosexposureschools.co.uk UK Asbestos Training Association www.ukata.org.uk
The October 2015 edition of the Scottish Education Journal