EIS surveys Scots teachers on curriculum

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SCOTLAND’S largest teaching union is to survey its members on the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has launched the online survey to explore issues around the curriculum’s “senior phase”, which relates to pupils in later years at secondary school.

This year, pupils will begin sitting the new National Qualifications, exams brought in under CfE, which will replace Standard Grades and Intermediates.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: “Feedback from EIS members across Scotland has suggested a high degree of concern amongst teachers and lecturers regarding the progress of the senior phase of CfE, particularly workload-related issues and the tight timetable for the introduction of the new National Qualifications.

“We have launched this survey to gather firm, statistically robust, evidence of teachers’ and lecturers’ concerns over the implementation programme.

“Scotland’s teaching professionals want to see CfE succeed, but issues such as workload, access to information and support, and resourcing must be addressed to allow the programme to deliver on its promise.”