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The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) is the largest teaching union in Scotland. Founded in 1847, the EIS is also the oldest teaching union in the world. The EIS has developed a central role as one of the most respected voices in education in Scotland.

They have a commitment to high standards of education and to a society which offers young people the best opportunities in education, training as well as social and cultural development.

The EIS represents teachers and lecturers in a range of schools, colleges and universities across Scotland. They have developed policies covering the full range of educational and professional issues which impact on teachers in nursery, primary secondary and special schools, as well as lecturers in colleges and universities

The EIS campaigns to improve its members' working lives, especially salaries and other terms & conditions of employment. The EIS also represents and supports members who encounter difficulties in their work or potential redundancy. The EIS also promotes and facilitates training for its representatives, and CPD opportunities for its members.

Scotland’s largest teaching union, for teachers and lecturers in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. 

  • We aim to improve members’ working lives, conditions and salaries. 
  • We offer professional development too.
  • If you face difficulties or redundancy, we can help.
  • Membership costs £12.88 a month, or £12.13 by Direct Debit.
Main Trades
Further education
Higher education
Nurseries and childcare
Male 12,615 | Female 42,957 | Total 55,572
Employers represented include:

Schools, colleges and universities. Some educationalists within other bodies also eligible for membership, eg local authority QIO, music instructors.

General secretary
Larry Flanagan
Cost of membership

£154.58 annual subscription

£127.53 annual subscription discounted for direct debit payers

Membership benefits

Collective bargaining on pay and other conditions of service. Representation for disciplinary, grievance, capability and redundancy processes. Advice and guidance on range of employment issues, including health and safety, equality issues. Participation in policy development. Benevolence fund.

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