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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 the awarding of exam grades this year

Laura Doel, director of school leaders’ union NAHT Cymru, said: “There really is no perfect option for awarding exam grades this year; we are still very much in the thick of a global emergency and the impacts of this cannot be fully mitigated against. With that in mind, a teacher-led approach to assessment is the best possible way forward, for this year at least.

“It is true that an externally set test could have provided a level of continuity throughout Wales. But, as we pointed out when the Minister for Education announced it, it would have had the same problems as formal exams would have, not taking into account the huge differences in learning this year due to missed education, or the possibility of being absent for the final test. We really have no alternative given the uncertainty still facing schools this coming term.

"It is so important that students, parents and teachers know what will influence their final grades in order to prepare effectively and to maintain high levels of motivation and engagement in learning, so we are pleased to now have clarity.

“Our members are clear that they want to maximise learning time and ensure the learning experience given to all students will help them prepare for their next steps. Our priority now needs to be supporting learners to achieve the best possible outcomes to secure their futures.

“We are concerned about the proposed processes for appeals. The suggestion that initial appeals are made directly to the school or college is misguided in principle, and logistically unworkable.”

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

Email : press.office@naht.org.uk

First published 20 January 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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