Welcoming the Education Minister’s decision to suspend the National School’s categorisation system, David Evans, Wales secretary for the National Education Union Cymru said:

"NEU Cymru members will be pleased to hear that schools’ categorisation is suspended for this year. That will be welcome news, as schools will want to ensure that they focus on the wellbeing of children and staff alike, as they begin to make preparations ahead of September.

“It is important that safety is a focus ahead of September. Of course, we want everyone to be back to school as soon as possible. But it will not be possible to open schools more widely without taking on extra staff – from those who have left the profession and those who are new to teaching. This should help ensure that those who are vulnerable, or shielding are able to support learning from home. Using public buildings could also help keep people safe and ensure better social distancing.”

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Note to editors:

Written Statement: National School Categorisation System 2020/21.