David Evans, Wales secretary, National Education Union said:

"Local authorities must be funded to make a summer holiday local offer to children and young people.  Local authorities should coordinate the planning of summer holiday clubs, particularly in areas of deprivation, so that children and young people have a safe place to go to and positive activities to engage and interest them, and build their confidence for a successful return to school in September, where possible."

We believe that supporting the wellbeing of children who have faced challenges in the last few months could include:

  1. Engage. Activities which children and young people will enjoy and be keen to participate in, including play, to support their wellbeing and sense of self-belief
  2. Exercise. Outdoor activities such as sport sessions, to counteract the lack of opportunities for physical exercise during lockdown
  3. Create. Creative opportunities such as dance, art, music, science and adventure playgrounds 
  4. Connect. Partnerships with local libraries, local museums, galleries or art centres and their education outreach teams
  5. Prepare. An element of personal study/digital skills support, where the LA can plan volunteer schemes where teachers, youth workers, supply staff, support staff and other professionals could volunteer to support schemes.

Read the full text of the letter.

Summer holiday local offer letter to Education Minister

We know childhood poverty and inequality limits life chances and is a significant factor in school achievement. We must not lose a generation because the pandemic makes even more children poor, through a lack of access to education.