Speaking about Jeremy Miles MS’ comments on planned investment by the Welsh Government, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

"We welcome that the Welsh Government has chosen to focus resources on young people. These are difficult times for children and young people, with Covid-19 having an impact on learning and wellbeing for young people in schools and colleges.

“The extra places at further education colleges will help ensure that young people can continue in their learning – we don’t want an increase in the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), as we go through a challenging time for the economy. Young people should be able to stay on in education, so this is good news.

“More money for digital devices is welcome too and really key to ensure that young people can access learning from home. That is a priority for everyone in these difficult times. Every child and young person must have access to online learning, for those times when schools and colleges must close.

“We look forward to seeing more details on the support for capital investment in our schools and more information about the announcements today. This is a difficult time for young people, and a focus on their wellbeing, and that of educators, is really key.”

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Contact: David Evans, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818.  Mob: 07815 071164.

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

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