Union will debate calls to cut teachers’ time in class to 20 hours a week or less

Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, will discuss demands from some local branches to reduce classroom time to as low as 17.5 hours a week.

Such a move would allow teaching staff to spend more time marking and preparing for lessons within the working day, reducing the amount of time they spend doing this at home in the evenings and at weekends.

A motion from EIS local associations in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire states that workload and helping children with additional support needs (ASN) are “still major causes of stress for teachers”.

To tackle this they say the trade unions should campaign to reduce class sizes to a maximum of 20 in all mainstream classes, and also “campaign to secure a negotiated reduction of maximum class contact time for teachers to 20 hours per week and to increase preparation and correction time to 10 hours per week”.

The motions will be put to the vote during the three-day-long EIS annual general meeting, which gets under way in Perth on Thursday 6 June.