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CHALLENGING THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND TO BE MORE OUTWARD LOOKING

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CHALLENGING THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND TO BE MORE OUTWARD LOOKING

COSLA has challenged the Educational Institute of Scotland to be much more outward looking in their approach saying that they should be calling for a Young Persons Charter rather than narrowly focussing their call on a Pupils Charter. Commenting on the calls from the EIS COSLA's education spokesperson Rev Ewan Aitken said: 'COSLA welcomes anything that promotes the well-being of young people in Scotland.

'However, we feel that the EIS is being too narrowly focussed in their approach and believe that a young persons charter would be much more appropriate. The EIS should lift their eyes beyond the classroom.

'As councils across Scotland move towards developing children's services COSLA feels that a Young Persons charter would recognise the role of young people across Scottish civic life.

'In the context of proposals for a children's commissioner a more holistic approach to children's needs and rights would be more appropriate.

'We believe that a Pupils Charter perpetuates a service based approach to young people - the idea that everything can be solved in schools. This is clearly far to simplistic and unfortunately not the case. We need to start with young peoples' needs and aspirations and then work out the services they need and not the other way round as this proposal implies.'

FULL COMMITTMENT TO McCRONE IMPLEMENTATION

At this time of year the EIS should be roasting chestnuts rather than coming out with old ones was COSLA's response to EIS calls for more commitment in relation to the McCrone agreement.

Commenting on the calls from the EIS COSLA's education spokesperson Rev Ewan Aitken said: 'Every milestone in this historic agreement has been reached and COSLA remains fully committed to it.

'What must not be forgotten and what is so special about this historic agreement is that it is tri-partite, not the usual employer and employee arrangement. The EIS must also understand that it is about advancing pupils as well as teachers.

'All sides need to do what it takes to meet the obstacles that remain but that challenge applies equally to us all - teachers' representatives, employers and the Executive.

'The inference in the EIS statement is that we are slacking this is simply not the case. What we need to see is creativity and flexibility across the board to find the solutions to any obstacles that may remain to fully implementing the McCrone Agreement to the satisfaction of all three sides.'

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