Speaking about the suspension of Estyn inspections, and other activities, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

"We welcome the Chief Inspector's plans to suspend Estyn's activities here in Wales. It is a rapidly developing and challenging time, especially for those working in education.

“Not having to worry about an Estyn Inspection will be welcomed by our members. We welcome the pragmatic approach of the Chief Inspector, and hope that schools and colleges will receive all the support they need at this critical time.”

Adding to this, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Scotland and Wales have shown England the way. It is unacceptable for Ofsted inspections to be taking place at a time of national emergency. School leaders and staff are straining every sinew to support and protect their students. They should be allowed to focus on this, not have their stress made worse by the threat of an imminent Ofsted inspection.