ASCL Cymru comment on spring term decision in Wales

04/01/2021
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on the decision of the Welsh Government to move schools and colleges to remote learning until 18 January. 
 
Commenting on the decision of the Welsh Government to move schools and colleges to remote learning until 18 January, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said: 

We are not sure why it has taken the Welsh government so long to take this action when it was obvious that the plans in place for the start of term were not sufficient to tackle the scale of the escalating Covid crisis. But at least we now have a decision which makes sense and badly needed clarity for schools, colleges, pupils and parents. 
 
It is now important that the Welsh government works alongside the profession to bring all pupils back into school as soon as it is safe to do so, and that the planned date of January 18 for resuming face-to-face education is kept under review and is not set in stone.

In order to minimise the disruption to education it is vital that we don’t lurch from one crisis straight into another one.”