Speaking about the Education Minister’s announcement on no return to core Estyn inspections for schools and colleges in Autumn 2021, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“Our members will be heartened to see that the Minister has recognised the challenges the education workforce is facing and has therefore announced that Estyn are taking this welcome step. Schools and colleges are still facing a range of disruptions, with young people and staff having periods of isolation due to Covid-19.

“Throughout the pandemic, Estyn has recognised the work everyone is doing in education and were quick to stop inspections last March. By taking this welcome step, the Education Minister has acknowledged that he understands the challenges and realises that an Estyn inspection would not be helpful at this time.

“The pandemic has meant that schools have not been focusing on moving towards to the new Curriculum 2022. Estyn was meant to be doing engagement visits focused on the new curriculum this year, and this move recognises that more time is needed for that important stage. It is our members’ belief that a delay to the implementation of the new curriculum would be welcomed, and helpful to everyone in education – both staff and students alike. Although our members do welcome the new curriculum in principle, we need time to get this right.”


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

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