The Annual General Meeting, which takes place in June each year, is the sovereign body of the EIS. At the AGM, members from each of the 32 EIS local associations and the two self-governing associations, gather to set policy and agree the Institute’s priorities for the year ahead.

While the main business of AGM to set policy, there are also other important elements. From the presentation of Fellowships of the EIS, to a busy programme of fringe events, and speeches from invited guests – there is always something going on over the three days of the AGM.

Over the years, many prominent speakers have addressed the event, ranging from politicians such as the then Education Secretary John Swinney to the prominent poet, and former Makar, Liz Lochhead. The AGM also features regular performances by talented young musicians from Scotland’s schools, supported by the instrumental music service.

Outwith the business side of the AGM, there is an important social side too. Delegates take advantage of their free time during lunch breaks or in the evening to catch up with colleagues from across the country, either in informal gatherings or at one of the scheduled social events which include the incoming President’s dinner, the local association dance, or the popular – and always keenly contested – quiz night.