Industrial action looms over teacher workload in Scotland

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) has backed a work to rule over “excessive workload” because it says changes promised by the government will not take effect until next year.

Its bigger counterpart, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), withdrew its own plan for industrial action in late September after education minister John Swinney announced the end of unit assessments for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams.

Seamus Searson, general secretary of the SSTA, which has about 9,000 members, said: “Unfortunately, the proposed changes for National 5 do not take place until 2017/18 and, with the lack of progress on National 4, the union had no option but to move to action to protect another cohort of young people and its members from excessive workload.

“The ballot has shown the strength of feeling and determination of secondary school teachers to address the workload demands that distract teachers from focusing on teaching.

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