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NAHT Cymru

NAHT Cymru is the definitive voice of school leaders in Wales. We keep the best interests of children at the heart of everything we do.

Along with our colleagues in England and Northern Ireland, we are here to defend and extend the rights of our members, as well as provide advice, protection and support specific to school leaders throughout Wales

NAHT Cymru yw llais diffyniadol arweinwyr ysgolion yng Nghymru. Mae buddiannau gorau plant yng nghraidd popeth a wnawn.

Ynghyd â'n cydweithwyr yn Lloegr a Gogledd Iwerddon, rydym yn bodoli i warchod ac ymestyn hawliau ein haelodau, yn ogystal â darparu cyngor, diogelwch a chymorth sy'n benodol i arweinwyr ysgolion ledled Cymru.

NAHT Cymru comments as schools in Wales prepare for the start of term

Laura Doel, Director of NAHT Cymru said: “School leaders are doing all they can to ensure they can reopen their doors to learners over the next few days. Teams are going to extraordinary lengths to operationalise new arrangements over the next few days but for these arrangements to work, they must be supported.

“It is vital that schools all have a supply of LFT kits before the term starts, if the new guidance is predicated on this approach, we cannot be let down by supply and distribution issues.  We know that some schools are waiting for deliveries and of course that is a concern.

“Given that staff absence has been an issue for schools since the start of the academic year in September, we believe not prioritising school staff for booster vaccinations was a missed opportunity.  However, the reality is that it is too soon to tell whether the new mitigations, including the much-welcomed return of staggered session times, will be enough.

“Schools will be operating on a day by day basis.  Reverting to remote learning will be a last resort but will be dictated by the availability of staff.  If this needs to happen, we need to be realistic about the level of support for such a provision.  Schools are preparing to support learners at home, but if their teachers are not available to teach them in the classroom, then they won’t be available to teach online.

“Given the incredibly challenging circumstances our schools are operating in, we urge the Welsh Government to ease additional pressures on schools – like the reintroduction of inspections and plans to reform the school day/year, and allow schools to focus on their core purpose of teaching and learning.”

First published 04 January 2022

Please give us your views  on the current consultations

 

Welsh Government

Independent review of school teachers pay and conditions in Wales

OPENED 18 January 2018 - CLOSES 1 March 2018

NAHT Cymru draft response of independent review

Support for doctoral study
OPENED 8 December 2017 - CLOSES 2 March 2018

The Education (Amendments Relating to Teacher Assessment Information) (Wales) Regulations 2018
OPENED 14 November 2017 – CLOSES 30 January 2018

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