ASCL Cymru comment on September reopening

09/07/2020
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the plans announced today for the full reopening of schools in Wales in September
 
Commenting on the plans announced today for the full reopening of schools in Wales in September, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:

“We support the Welsh government’s commitment to bring all children back into schools in September, and its pragmatic and sensible approach to giving schools the flexibility at the start of the new term to focus on priority year groups first of all. Schools are already doing a great job in providing check-in sessions with all children in all year groups before the summer holidays. This vital work will help identify learning gaps and ensure everybody is ready to hit the ground running in September.
 
“There is obviously going to need to be a number of safety measures put in place in order to bring all children back into school while minimising the risks associated with coronavirus, and this will be a complex and challenging task. It is important that schools have practical and workable guidance to support them in this task and we hope to see this from Welsh government in due course. We will be working with our members to do everything possible to ensure that parents, pupils, and staff, can all have confidence that a full return is safe.

“We welcome the Welsh government’s announcement of additional money to help schools give pupils the extra support they will need as a result of the disruption caused by the coronavirus lockdown. However, we have to say that this comes against a background of a very poor level of funding for schools in Wales which has left them struggling to make ends meet. They would be in a much better position to support pupils if they were not facing the daily reality of having to try to find ways of plugging holes in their budgets.”