Speaking about the proposed closure of schools and colleges until after half-term, for the majority of learners, Mary van den Heuvel, Senior Policy Officer for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

We welcome the Education Minister’s statement, that schools and colleges are to be part of the Welsh Government’s 3-week reviews, and are unlikely to open until after half-term, unless we see significant changes.

“Our members wish that they were back in the classroom delivering lessons. But it looks like the majority of learning will be online for a while now. A range of things have to happen to make schools and colleges safe for children and young people and education staff.

"We believe now is the time to be vaccinating the education workforce, in line with education being the Welsh Government’s priority. The safety and well-being of everyone in education is important, and we cannot see a return to the classroom for everyone, until it is safe to do so.”

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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: Mary van den Heuvel – Wales Policy Officer - National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07436 549606.
e-mail: mary.vandenheuvel@neu.org.uk