With the Senedd election campaigning underway, the National Education Union Cymru has been discussing its members’ #FairEducationForAllWales manifesto with candidates across Wales.

Speaking about the manifesto, Mary van den Heuvel, Senior Policy Officer for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“Our members support the new Curriculum and Assessment legislation, as it will provide the opportunity for education professionals to put the needs of their learners as central to the new Curriculum for Wales – and has wellbeing for young people at its heart.

“But our members ask is clear: Fully fund the new Curriculum and Additional Learning Needs Reform, including training for the profession.”

Responding to a recent NEU Cymru survey, 87% of members said that they had received either ‘no training’ or ‘some training but not enough’ in preparation for the new curriculum, and 89% said the same for the new Additional Learning Needs (ALN) reform.

NEU Cymru support both these policies, in principle, but believe more time is needed to get them right – especially in light of the disruption to school and college which has happened in the last year.

Speaking about having a fair and equitable education system, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“Our members are sure, learning needs to be fair and equitable, and to achieve this, we need an education system that can support every learner so that they can achieve their full potential. There are a number of ways of ensuring that this becomes a reality, and these include sufficient funding, workforce training, support for learners and staff, and having a coherent vision for post-16 education.

“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.

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

Mary van den Heuvel – Senior Policy Officer, 07436 549606.

Note to editors:

NEU Cymru has already called for a delay to implementation of the new Curriculum and ALNET Act in our Wales Education Recovery Plan.

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