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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.

School leaders write letter to Minister for Education expressing concerns about removal of Covid safety measures in schools in Wales

School leaders’ union NAHT Cymru has written to the Minister for Education to express the concerns of school leaders ahead of changes being made to the current Covid safety arrangements in schools in Wales.

In the letter, Rob Kelsall, NAHT national secretary, said: “No-one wants unnecessary restrictions placed on learners or schools for a moment longer than is necessary, however we have to be cautious and vigilant in light of the prevalence of the new variant, particularly in children aged 5-14yrs.

"It is our view that changes to the current mitigations could be premature and potentially have unintended consequences at a point at which the UK is facing a significant rise in infection rates and increased hospitalisations as a result of Covid."

The letter questions the government on their scientific evidence for making these changes, and their reason for making them now instead of reviewing them for the new term in September. It also asks why other measures such as ventilation have not been implemented.

Mr Kelsall continued: “I am today writing to all local authority education directors asking for a common approach in identifying risk and decision making around this, in order to safeguard our school settings and to ensure that a common approach for schools is taken, local authority by local authority.

“All decisions on public safety must be taken collectively, with input from TTP and health boards and should not lie solely with school leaders and their governing bodies. You cannot expect our schools to be making decisions on public health when you are stripping them of important mitigation measures such as the removal of staggered school day start and finish times. The removal of staggered start and finish times will have a huge impact on schools’ ability to continue with a host of other mitigation measures such as separate break and lunch times and cleaning between cohorts using shared spaces like the school hall.

“Whilst we recognise that the all other measures in the operational guidance are non-regulatory, there should be no straight jacket on schools taking decisions locally and based on local factors.”

First published 09 July 2021

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