Created on: 08 Feb 2021 | Last modified: 08 Feb 2021
The EIS has responded to proposals on education released by a think-tank by saying that substantial investment is needed to support young people in their education recovery.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Massive investment is indeed required to support education recovery."
"That investment will primarily be in terms of staff but, rather than taking a formulaic approach to adding in extra hours of formal schooling, we should be looking at more support for individual pupils by creating smaller class sizes, specialist support for pupils with additional support needs, and targeted and meaningful support for pupils, and their families, from disadvantaged backgrounds."
Mr Flanagan continued, "We currently have thousands of teachers on temporary contracts or zero hours supply lists – this is borderline scandalous given the needs of pupils. Every single teacher currently seeking work should be deployed to support young people in their education."
Highlighting the wider impact of the pandemic on young people, Mr Flanagan added, "A prerequisite for education recovery remains the need to address pupil well-being and mental health."
"The impact of the pandemic on young people's mental health is difficult to overstate and must be properly addressed with tailored support to promote mental wellbeing."
Mr Flanagan added, "It is also important to emphasise that, although school closures are in the order of four months, it would be entirely wrong to dismiss the work and progress which have gone on remotely as teachers, parents and pupils have made a huge effort to keep learning going despite the current, uniquely challenging, circumstances presented by the Coronavirus pandemic."