‘We’re at the dawn of a new obsession with data’

EIS conference warns over fixation on figures, rising workloads and falling wellbeing. Henry Hepburn reports

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What all-encompassing issue would you expect to dominate the annual gathering of Scotland’s biggest teaching union? Pay? Workload? Educational reform?

All were present and correct at the EIS AGM in Dundee, but there was also another, less obvious candidate: data, and the stress, workload and ethical concerns that are seen to be driven by it.

Nicola Fisher told delegates that, in her year as president, concerns about data had cropped up time and again on visits to teachers around the country, often in relation to new developments such as the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) and Scottish National ...

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