DFM responds to EIS decision to suspend industrial action in schools
This is welcome news from the EIS and I am delighted that they have confirmed suspending a programme of industrial action in relation to teacher workload.
Over the past few months, I have listened carefully to what teachers, parents, young people and others have had to say on workload, and have responded positively with a range of actions to help reduce workload pressures.
As part of this, I have now announced the removal of mandatory unit assessments from National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses. This will significantly reduce the workload for our teachers, giving them more time to focus on what is most important – teaching our young people – while maintaining the core principles of Curriculum for Excellence.
I have taken swift action in response to feedback from teachers and others, to de-clutter the curriculum guidance and review the workload demands placed on teachers by local authorities. The new measures around the qualifications, ratified by the CfE Management Board yesterday, will build on this work, reducing workload and over assessment for teachers and learners.
I am glad that the EIS have recognised these efforts and I hope that together we can move forward to ensure that teachers in Scotland have more time to teach, and contribute to closing the attainment gap.