Education

International Summit of the Teaching Profession

March 15, 2019 by No Comments

Today the Scottish Government and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have agreed three commitments of joint working for the year ahead as part of this year’s International Summit of the Teaching Profession (ISTP) held in Helsinki.

Commenting on the three joint agreements to improve Scottish education Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“The International Summit of the Teaching Profession (ISTP) is a truly unique opportunity which allows ministers and union leaders from all over the world to come together and share best practice.

“As part of this year’s summit the Scottish Government and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have agreed three commitments of joint working for the year ahead which will strengthen the teaching profession in Scotland and look to raise student achievement.

“Together we will work to create a system wide culture of empowerment for our teachers and ensure they have the necessary power to make key decisions that will allow our young people to reach their potential. Greater empowerment within the teaching profession is vital and I look forward to working closely with the EIS to ensure that a career in teaching remains an attractive option that transforms the lives of our children and young people.”

EIS General Secretary, Larry Flanagan, said:

“The agreed action points from the Summit set out a high level aspiration to improve the status and standing of teachers, which chimes well with our campaign for teachers to be better valued.

“Of particular importance to us, is the recognition of the role of education, CfE Early Level, as part of the pre-5 expansion agenda.

“We are also strong supporters of teacher agency and autonomy and will look to develop practical applications of this ambition.”

Background

The Scottish Government and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have agreed the three joint commitments below:

1. Pursue a joint approach to create a system wide culture of teacher agency which in turn will support greater empowerment and collaboration.

2. Affirm our joint commitment, in the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare, to supporting the critical role of the Early Level of Curriculum for Excellence as the foundation for the best outcomes for children.

3. To work jointly to ensure that a career in teaching is a trusted, attractive, highly qualified and varied career recognising this is essential to transform the lives of children and young people in Scotland.


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