The Glasgow Local Association of the EIS, has declared a dispute with Glasgow City Council over its budget planning proposals to cut 172 teacher posts in year one of the budget and 450 in total across the three years.

Glasgow has a large percentage of pupils from areas of deprivation, as well as a growing number of young people with additional support needs. Such deep cuts to teacher numbers, coupled with previous losses in support staff, run counter to the principles of Getting it Right for Every Child and the drive to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap.

Commenting on the proposals, EIS Local Association Secretary for Glasgow, Jane Gow said, “We believe that these drastic measures will be detrimental to our pupils’ attainment, achievement and wellbeing. Such deep cuts to teacher numbers are also likely to lead to an increase in the number of behaviour incidents, which are already a rising concern as evidenced in recently published reports. Further, these cuts will have an adverse effect on the sustainability of teacher workload and their wellbeing. The EIS seeks talks to discuss this with our employer and to look for solutions towards this dispute being resolved.”