Welsh Government has published new research showing two thirds (67%) of practitioners and senior leaders in schools believe more support is needed to ensure they are ready for to teach the new curriculum in September.

Speaking about the findings of the research, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru members will recognise the findings of this research, and need Welsh Government to take action now to ensure that the support is there. If the time and money can’t be found now to support schools to be ready for the changes then there will have to be a delay. It is better we get the curriculum roll out right – young people only get once chance.

“We are still seeing the effects of Covid-19 in schools. We have high levels of staff absence and disruption at the moment, whilst the education workforce is rightly focused trying to help children ‘catch-up’ with their learning and others prepare for exams.

“Staff were meant to have extra planning days for the new curriculum. Those have been taken up with planning for Covid changes. We know staff are struggling with the huge amount of workload and expectations. Welsh Government needs to act swiftly now and ensure that everyone in education has enough time to prepare.”

Press contacts:

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

Note to editors:

“67 per cent of senior leaders and practitioners believed that their school was in need of additional support or resources to be ready for September 2022.”


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