Date lodged: 25 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the industrial action being taken by secondary school teachers due to concerns about their workload is having in classrooms.
Answered by: John Swinney 4 November 2016
Industrial action is not in the interests of anyone, least of all young people.
We have recently announced concrete proposals to address workload issues. I am pleased that the Educational Institute of Scotland’s action in relation to SQA activity has been suspended in response to the changes to the National Qualifications that will reduce assessment-related workload.
I am disappointed that SSTA is continuing with its action short of strike, given that we have put in place a package of measures to address unnecessary bureaucracy and liberate teachers to focus on teaching their pupils. This commenced on 24 October and SSTA initial guidance to its members advises them to adhere to school working time agreements and manage their workload within the contractual 35 hour working week.
Education Scotland will monitor the situation, liaising regularly with Local Authorities.