News at a glance
Supply deal proposed
Supply teachers in Scotland will have to work for just two days before receiving full pay if a new deal is accepted. In October, teachers rejected an offer that cut the definition of short-term supply from five days down to three. The latest package cuts this to two days and also addresses concerns relating to administrative tasks and issues around flexible working. Meanwhile, as under the previous deal, chartered teacher salaries will be maintained and teachers' salaries will rise by 1 per cent this year and next. Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the EIS teaching union, said: "EIS council is recommending to members that they should vote to accept the new offer." The ballot will be open until 4 March. Find out more at bit.lyEISballot
Union saddened by loss of 'outstanding' leader
David Eaglesham, a former general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA), has died at the age of 63 after a long illness. Mr Eaglesham, from Glasgow, began his career as a history and modern studies teacher. He served as general secretary from 1996 to 2008 and was one of the chief negotiators of the McCrone agreement about pay and conditions in 2001. Alan McKenzie, SSTA acting general secretary, said: "David was an outstanding general secretary of this association. Those of us who worked with him remember his huge contribution. We are all deeply saddened by his death." Mr Eaglesham is survived by his wife, Doreen, his three children and four grandchildren.
Strike action begins at Edinburgh College
Edinburgh College lecturers were due to go on strike for the first time this week, leading to all classes being cancelled on Thursday. The Further Education Lecturers Association announced its plan for sustained strike action over a pay and conditions offer after the majority of its members at the college voted to back action. Unless an agreement can be reached, a further two-day strike is planned for next week, followed by a three-day strike the following week. More dates will be announced over the coming months.
Training for growth receives #163;13m boost
The Scottish government has announced the creation of 3,500 new college places. A fund of #163;13 million will finance courses to provide quality training for the young unemployed and others struggling to secure work, as well as those in work who need retraining. Extra places will be focused on growth sectors such as energy, food and drink, health and digital media. They will be funded through the European Social Fund and the Scottish Funding Council's Skills for a Competitive Workforce project.
Inquiry to probe post-referendum future
The shape of education and culture in Scotland following the referendum, whether the result is yes or no, is to be examined by the Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee. The inquiry will cover further and higher education; early years, childcare and employability; and broadcasting and culture. The committee will hold a series of oral evidence sessions in March and April. In advance of this, it has issued a call for written evidence and is seeking views on a variety of topics. For more information, see bit.lyECcommittee.