The unresolved issues

2nd April 1999 at 01:00
UNIONS SAY the proposals did not explain how teachers could determine professional priorities within a 35-hour working week and a 1,365-hour year. They could be asked to work at weekends and during holidays. "Annualisation" of the working year was too vague.

In addition, the offer still proposed removing the ceiling of 25 on composite classes. Two different age-groups could be taught in classes up to 30.

Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said: "The recent shift in the management side position to set a minimum of 8,000 teachers appointed as professional leaders is an important step in the right direction, but we must be much clearer as to how many professional leaders will be appointed to posts and what the nature of their duties will be."

The union wants assurances on the future of the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee and on negotiating structures at council and school levels.

David Eaglesham, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association, said the money was not there and the structure was still wrong.

"Management has still to explain how the 800-pupil secondary school is going to work. Their plans are not well thought out and developed," Mr Eaglesham said.

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