EIS General Secretary to Stand Down in Summer

Created on: 25 Mar 2022 | Last modified: 25 Mar 2022

Larry Flanagan, the General Secretary of the EIS, has announced that he will stand down from his post in the summer.

Mr Flanagan has been the Institute’s General Secretary for the past 10 years, having previously been an English teacher and long-time EIS activist. Mr Flanagan formally submitted his letter of resignation today (Friday).

Commenting, Mr Flanagan said, “It has been an honour to serve Scotland’s teaching professionals and Scottish education as the General Secretary of the EIS for the past ten years. I have sought to bring my 33 years experience as a classroom teacher to the fore in my role as General Secretary and I remain deeply convinced about the strength of our education system and the quality and professionalism of our education workforce. "

The past two years in particular, during the Covid pandemic, have been especially difficult for everyone involved in Scottish education, bringing many unexpected and unprecedented challenges for the EIS and for Scotland’s teachers and lecturers but I believe we have responded well to those challenges.”

Mr Flanagan served on the Covid Education Recovery Group (CERG) during this time, consistently making the case for robust safety measures to protect staff and students from the risks associated with Covid, and highlighting the need for substantial investment in staff and resources to support education recovery for Scotland’s young people.

Mr Flanagan is the current President of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the European region of Education International (the global teacher union federation), and will continue in this role upon his retiral as EIS General Secretary. He has also retained his status as a Registered Teacher through regular teaching stints in schools, leaving open a potential future return to the classroom as a supply teacher.

Commenting, EIS President Heather Hughes said, “Larry Flanagan has been a great servant to the EIS, Scotland’s teaching professionals and Scottish education throughout his career. He will be a great loss to the Institute and will be a very hard act to follow for his successor as General Secretary.

"I wish to convey my personal thanks to Larry, and those of Scotland’s teachers, for all that he has done for the EIS over the years. We wish him all the very best for the future.”

The process of recruiting the Institute’s next General Secretary has begun, with the intention of appointing a General Secretary designate to shadow Mr Flanagan during his final months in post.