ASCL Cymru comment on ‘firebreak’ arrangements for schools in Wales

19/10/2020
Jim Retallick, National Officer at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the arrangements for schools during the planned two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales.
 
Commenting on the arrangements for schools during the planned two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales, Jim Retallick, National Officer at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:
 
“We support the Welsh government in the difficult task of endeavouring to arrest the spread of Covid while minimising disruption to the education of pupils. Its decision that primary school children and year groups 7 and 8 in secondaries, should return to school in the week after the half-term break, while older children receive remote education during that week, is a sensible balance in these circumstances.
 
“It will be challenging for secondary schools to deliver in-school provision for some children and remote education for other year groups simultaneously, and in particular for schools in some areas of Wales which have already broken up for half term, making preparation especially problematic. However, school leaders and their staff are working incredibly hard to support all their pupils, and will be doing everything possible to ensure there is no detrimental impact.
 
“We very much hope that this action by the Welsh government will prove successful in tackling Covid infection rates, and prevent the need for similar action in future.”