The EIS has today urged all of Scotland’s teachers and students to ensure that they have a proper break over the Christmas holiday period.

Many teachers, heads and deputes have reported extremely high levels of fatigue and stress as a result of working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and for many pupils, particularly those working towards qualifications, this has been a strange and stressful year also.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “This has been an extremely difficult year for many groups of public sector workers, and school staff and students have certainly faced many challenges throughout 2020, with more to come in 2021. Teachers and other school staff have worked extremely diligently to support the education recovery of pupils who have been disadvantaged by the impact of the pandemic. Notwithstanding the late change to school reopening plans, preparations for the new session should be set aside until after the holiday period as it is essential that everyone takes a proper break over Christmas to support their own physical and mental health.”

The First Minister recently announced a change to the planned dates for schools to return, with most pupils now set to return on a remote learning model, with teacher support, from Monday 11 January for at least one week. In-school provision will be available for vulnerable children and children of key workers from the previously planned return date in their own local authority area. Further information on the new school re-opening arrangements is available on the Scottish Government website, and advice for teachers on remote learning is available on the EIS website.

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