As the election campaigning kicks off in Wales, a recent National Education Union Cymru survey shows 99% of members said that more funding for the education system would help to support children and young people in their learning.

NEU Cymru members’ manifesto #FairEducationForAllWales centres around 3 clear asks for the next Welsh Government, which should support young people in their learning, and help the education workforce in these challenging times. We are asking the next Welsh Government to:

•      Make learning fair and equitable

•      Reduce the cost of going to school and college

•      Support the education workforce

Speaking about the NEU Cymru manifesto, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“Our members clearly go into education to support children and young people in their learning. It has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone here in Wales, but for young people who have spent time in and out of school, we need to make sure that the next Welsh Government puts support in place to help them both now and in the future – and truly values the work of our teachers, lecturers, leaders, and support staff.”

David Evans added: “We are lucky in some ways here in Wales, still with a state school system in place, no SATs, and the Education Maintenance Allowance helping learners in post-16. But if this year has taught us anything, it is the importance of education for the whole of society, and most important for children and young people as future citizens of Wales.”


Press contacts:

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: David Evans – Wales Secretary - National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07815 071164.


Note to editors:

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges to form the largest education union in Wales.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.