Curriculum for Excellence, workload and industrial action

21 Jun

May/June 2016
By Dougie Atkinson, Professional Officer (Scotland)

EIS, NASUWT and SSTA are taking or threatening to take industrial action over concerns about rising workloads in schools. We too are picking up issues from teachers about pressures on their workloads.

The education system in Scotland is certainly starting to creak as teacher numbers creep further downwards and council employers try to cope with the budget cuts imposed on them by the Scottish Government.

The difference is that Voice seeks to resolve those concerns and issues as they arise, working with council employers and headteachers.

Teachers have a choice of trade union in Scotland. Voice doesn’t resort to industrial action of any sort. We regard the force of argument as more effective than the argument of force.

Political posturing around the Scottish Parliamentary elections seems to us a futile and unhelpful exercise. We would rather devote our energy and skills to supporting actual members who are experiencing challenges in their school, and we will continue to do that.

Tackling Bureaucracy 

By Senior Professional Officer (Scotland) Jennifer Barnes

LNCTs and individual schools should be driving the implementation of the recommendations of the Tacklingh Bureaucracy Working Group, something which appears to have been difficult to devote time to in many areas given, for example, teacher shortages and reduced resources more generally as a result of budget cuts.

School Improvement Plans and Working Time Agreements within schools should now reflect the actions in the Group’s original report. It was expected that at the very least the actions in the follow-up report would be incorporated within School Improvement Plans and Working Time Agreements for the current session.

If you have any issues or concerns about the implementation of the report’s recommendations, do let us know below, or Voice members can also contact us direct for advice and support.

Further information

Voice Scotland’s Bureaucracy in the Workplace surveys for teachers, early years, childcare and wider workforce members, 2014. 

Voice Scotland and the Tackling Bureaucracy Working Group .

The follow-up report by the Curriculum for Excellence Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy contained a series of recommendations that build on the Group’s existing programme of work.

The Curriculum for Excellence Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy’s follow-up report.  


Voice Scotland’s Election Statement 2016 (including workload)

Click here to read our industrial action advice.

More blog posts on industrial action.

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3 Responses to “Curriculum for Excellence, workload and industrial action”

  1. Richard Fraser 05. Oct, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Meeting with John Swinney:

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