ASCL Cymru comment on wider opening of schools in Wales

03/06/2020
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s plans for the wider opening of schools in Wales
 
Commenting on the Welsh government’s plans for the wider opening of schools in Wales, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:

“We support the Welsh government’s plans for the wider opening of schools. It is a sensible approach which balances the educational priority of bringing children back into the classroom as soon as possible, with the public health priority of ensuring this is done in a manner that is as safe as possible.

“Schools desperately want to be able to have some face-to-face contact with pupils so they can check how well they are managing with remote education and provide any support they might need in terms of their wellbeing. The idea of bringing in small numbers of pupils at any one time to provide check-in sessions, and extending the summer term by a week to facilitate this provision, is a considered and pragmatic solution.

“We are grateful for the constructive way in which the Welsh government has engaged with us, and we can reassure parents that everybody is working together to provide children with a return to school that is both safe and effective.”