The National Education Union Cymru say members are still experiencing negative, judgemental criticism which lowers morale and esteem as opposed to supportive, constructive criticism which focuses on the positive and builds morale which inevitably affects teaching and learning within a school.

The policy, supported by teachers from across Wales at the union’s conference in Newport, called on the Welsh Government to demonstrate that they have investigated the impact of Regional Consortia on Education in Wales on schools, staff and learners.

David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“The Regional Consortia have grown out of a need for Regional working in Wales, but our members are right to highlight the need to ensure they are fulfilling their functions, and to ask for an impact report.”

“We will be surveying our members about the impact of the Regional Consortia in the coming months. The Regional Consortia use a large amount of funding, and it is important that Welsh Government can demonstrate the positive impact they have had.”

The text of the motion to conference on this issue was as follows:

Motion 7.        Regional Working

Conference Cymru recognises that the Regional Consortia have taken on board the fact that there is a need for change, with cross regional working and projects, and changes to their structure. However, we do not feel that this is sufficient.

Conference Cymru believes that there is not enough evidence of Regional Consortia having a positive impact on schools in terms of improving standards for pupils. Teachers are still experiencing negative, judgemental criticism which lowers morale and esteem as opposed to supportive, constructive criticism which focuses on the positive and builds morale which inevitably affects teaching and learning within a school. We believe for the amount of money these consortia cost to run there are better ways of supporting schools.

Conference Cymru calls on the Executive through the Wales Committee to:

  1. Ask Welsh Government to demonstrate that they have investigated the impact of Regional Consortia on Education in Wales on schools, staff and learners.
  1. Survey members for their views on the impact.

Set up a working party to investigate alternative models of working which does not require additional cost and bureaucracy to Local Authorities.

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, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818. Mob: 07815 071164.

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

Contact: Mary van den Heuvel, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818.

e-mail: Mary.VandenHeuvel@neu.org.uk

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