Speaking about the Estyn Annual Report, Mary van den Heuvel, Senior Policy Officer for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru welcomes the focus on wellbeing in the Estyn Annual Report. It is clear that the current Chief Inspector, Claire Morgan, recognises the hard work that the education workforce has put in during this challenging time in education. We hope that Estyn will continue to focus on the challenges as they move to trialling the new inspection regime in the new year.

“Estyn has been charged with looking out for the wellbeing of the workforce, so it is really welcome that they recognise the challenges. We hope that Estyn can do more to support the workforce. Covid-19 has been a challenge for everyone in education.

“The new curriculum and changes to qualifications will see new challenges for the workforce – we believe Estyn has a vital role in sharing support and good practice, but also in helping highlight to Welsh Government and other stakeholders in the sector that the workforce need support – not an increased workload.

“We believe that this report is to be welcomed, but we need Estyn to do everything it can to help make sure the education workforce is supported, and in turn, they can support children and young people in their learning.”

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The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: Mary van den Heuvel, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 2049 1818.

e-mail: mary.vandenheuvel@neu.org.uk