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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 on vaccines for 16 and 17-year-olds

Commenting as the government seems set to offer the Covid vaccine to 16 and 17-year-olds, Laura Doel, director of school leaders' union NAHT Cymru, said: "The debate about whether or not to vaccinate older children has been raging for many weeks. NAHT Cymru has always said that Welsh Government policy on child vaccination should be led by clinicians. To the extent that any such policy is controversial, it is clear that schools should not carry any responsibility for vaccination promotion, enforcement or policing.

“Regardless of the extent that young people might suffer directly from the virus, the large numbers of pupils absent from school at the end of last term showed that Covid still has the power to affect the quality and continuity of the education they receive. That is a continuing worry for school leaders.

“Given that last week the Welsh Government announced the removal of specific Covid mitigation measures like staggered start times, self-isolation for close contacts and face coverings, we continue to urge ministers to ensure that alternative safety measures are put in place, such as better ventilation and a properly functioning test and trace system that takes into account how schools function. Proposals that do not appreciate how teaching and learning is delivered in schools are useless.

"The Welsh Government needs to take every possible step to prevent transmission of the virus amongst people in school communities, no matter their age. Just because younger learners specifically are less likely to have and transmit the virus, it does not mean they don’t play a role in the spread of the virus.

“As ever, it will be a matter of public confidence in whatever these measures are deemed to be, so the government also has a duty to communicate carefully and clearly in order to avoid any more unnecessary disruption and missed education for pupils.”

First published 04 August 2021

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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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