The Dundee Local Association of the EIS recently opened a consultative strike ballot over Dundee Council’s proposals to move to a faculty structure in its secondary schools. The ballot was scheduled to run until 21 March.

Commenting, Dundee EIS Secretary David Baxter said, “There is absolutely no sound educational rationale for moving secondary schools to a faculty structure. These proposals would remove subject-specialist principal teachers from our schools, with damaging consequences for pupils and staff alike. The loss of subject principal teachers would remove invaluable experience and leadership from individual departments, while also increasing workload demands on class teachers and promoted staff. Dundee Council’s plans will damage our secondary schools and bring no discernible benefit for students or staff.”

Mr Baxter continued, “In cases where other councils have sought to move to faculty structures, they have made the argument that this will lead to cost savings. Yet, the proposals put forward by Dundee Council will actually cost money to implement, with any potential savings coming many years in the future. This will starve already stretched school budgets even further, with less money available for school resources and staffing. Clearly, this will have damaging consequences for the young people learning in Dundee’s secondary schools.”

Mr Baxter added, “We must send a very strong and very clear message to Dundee Council that these proposals are unwelcome, damaging and must now be scrapped.”