25 Years Ago

14th June 1996 at 01:00
The annual conference of the Educational Institute of Scotland finally took a historic decision, by 219 votes to 153, to affiliate to the STUC, a move it has balked at almost annually for the past six years.

Rose Galt, Glasgow, proposed the motion with a swipe against "red bogeymen and red herrings". John Clark, Perthshire, thought he detected "political bias" among the supporters of the motion and advised against teachers bringing politics into the profession.

* The EIS president's dinner heard from Gordon Campbell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, that there was a smaller proportion of pupils staying on at school than in most advanced countries - even England was ahead.

Mr Campbell was defending the decision to raise the school leaving age to 16 (Rosla) from 1972-73. But he was told by Thomas Jardine, the EIS president, that England was better able to cope with Rosla because more pupils stayed on at school voluntarily than in Scotland. That, he conceded, "might be a criticism of ourselves".

* The annual meeting of the Scottish Schoolmasters' Association called for an urgent review of teacher training. Nobody who supervised students in schools was satisfied with the arrangements, according to Norman King, vice-president. College staff were out of touch with schools - because they were never in schools. And the General Teaching Council review could not be impartial because of the number of college principals on that body.

* Education authorities might have to consider a promotions system involving annual reports on teachers, Edward Taylor, the under-secretary of state for education, said this week. The increase in the teaching force to 50,000 by 1975-76 meant promotion could no longer depend on "the judgment of large committees of laymen".

tes scotland, june 18, 1971

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now