Speaking about the planned wider opening of schools for those in Foundation Phase after half term, NEU Cymru’s Senior Wales Officer, Gareth Lloyd, said:

“We welcome that Welsh Government want to use any ‘head room’ created by sustained efforts to suppress the virus, to support the education sector. We have highlighted the need for a range of measures to be put in place - such as smaller class sizes and social distancing. NEU Cymru continues to work with the Welsh Government to try and make any wider return as safe as possible.

“We must be mindful that everyone will be apprehensive about a potential rise in the virus levels if we open up too quickly, so a phased approach is welcome, as a safe return is essential.

“It is really important to remember that schools and colleges are open now, and that education professionals are working hard to support children and young people with their learning, through this challenging time for everyone. Educators want a full return to the classroom, as nothing is better than face-to-face learning for everyone. But sadly we are not in that place at the moment."

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