"Our members would be concerned about changes which could include more inspections by Estyn in our schools. Estyn inspections can cause an increase in stress and workload, and move the focus away from learning, which should be the most important thing for everyone in education.”

Responding to the Education Minister Kirsty Williams’ suggestion that Estyn will be in schools more than once during the 7 year Estyn Cycle, David Evans added:

"The Minister has said that wellbeing is important for education professionals and learners. We can't see how this fits with an increase in inspections.

"Donaldson's Review of Estyn was largely welcome, and moved much more towards a self-evaluation model, and a more supportive relationship.  We are pleased to see the pause is still there, as this is critical to implementing the new curriculum.

"We will of course be responding to the consultation when Estyn hold it, and hope that that is meaningful, and reflects the views of the education professionals involved."

ENDS

Press contacts:

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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