The EIS has written to First Minister Humza Yousaf calling for action on the lack of job security for many newly and recently qualified teachers across Scotland.

In recent years, Scottish local authorities have increasingly appointed new teachers on short-term temporary contracts, offering little job security for new entrants to the teaching profession.

In the letter to the First Minister, EIS General Secretary Andrea Bradley says, “I write on the urgent matter of precarity of employment for thousands of teachers in Scotland, whose professional and personal lives are in turmoil, as a result of the lack of the job security that many were led to believe they would have by entering the teaching profession.”

“On behalf of the EIS, I ask again that you give this matter urgent consideration and provide additional funding to local authorities that is effectively ringfenced for the recruitment of additional permanently employed teachers, as well as looking carefully at teacher workforce planning for the years ahead to ensure stability and sufficiency of teacher staffing within our schools ongoingly.”

Read Ms Bradley’s full letter on our website.