Speaking about the announcement to fund ventilation in schools and colleges, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru is pleased to see the Minister for Education has put some money towards ventilating our education settings. Everyone wants education to return to normal, but whilst the pandemic is still with us, mitigations in education settings are necessary to keep staff and students safe. This money for ventilation has long been called for by the unions and is critical to ensuring that education can remain open over the winter for as much of the time as possible.

“We look forward to learning how schools and colleges will easily access this funding. It is absolutely vital that any work needed to improve ventilation is undertaken as quickly as possible. We have produced guidance for our members about safe return to the classroom this term, which includes ventilation guidance. We note that in Scotland, the local authorities have been tasked with auditing ventilation in education settings, which seems a sensible approach. We look forward to more details from the Welsh Government.”

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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: 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

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