A tough year ahead

Trade unions
Larry Flanagan has recently been appointed general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, Scotland's largest teaching union, with members across all education sectors. Former headteacher Alex Wood asks him about the year ahead.

Larry: I would love to be able to respond positively to that question and talk about achieving some cherished goals such as class size reductions, but as most teachers will recognise the forthcoming session will be yet another challenging year. The fight on pensions will intensify as the UK government continues its cash grab from teachers’ pockets. We are in discussion with Scottish government on the details of the pension scheme; so far they have offered sympathy but little else – that will have to change. We also have workload issues around Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), McCormac, Donaldson, and next year’s salary negotiations – so it will be a busy and potentially fractious period.

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