Speaking about the release of Estyn’s Annual Report, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru welcome that Estyn’s Annual Report provides acknowledgement of what a challenging year this has been for everyone in education in Wales. We would agree with the report that the pandemic has “caused major disruption to education systems worldwide and in Wales.

“We can see, by the increasing number of cases and whole year groups that are being told to isolate, that the virus is spreading in schools and our priority must be keeping both learners and staff as safe as possible.”

“We also know that our members will appreciate the Chief Inspector recognises the hard work everyone in education has made as ‘providers responded quickly and worked flexibly with support services to minimise risks to learners’. The safety and wellbeing of everyone in education remains a priority for us and our members. As we move into 2021 there will be more challenges from Covid-19, but it is important to have acknowledgement how challenging this year has been for everyone.”