Speaking about the Minister’s planned announcement on reform to the school year, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

"82.9% of NEU Cymru members surveyed are concerned about the change in the pattern of the school year. With this in mind we believe it is really important the Welsh Government speak to the education workforce about their concerns. This is an extremely challenging time for everyone in education - we still have Covid disruption, we have the new curriculum starting in September, and the first exams in 3 years just drawing to a close. Now seems a very strange time to be adding more change to education.

"We have asked for clear evidence showing how the planned changes will impact positively on learner attainment, as well as staff and pupil wellbeing. We hope the Minister uses this opportunity to speak with the trade unions about our members concerns."

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Press contacts:

Contact: David Evans – Wales Secretary - National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07815 0711164.

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

Notes to editors:

NEU Cymru survey had 2,194 respondents.  82.9% are very concerned, concerned, or slightly concerned about the change in the pattern of the school year.

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