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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.

Staff illness due to Covid could result in school closures, say school leaders in Wales

Laura Doel, director of NAHT Cymru, said: “The impact staff absence is having is widespread and showing no signs of letting up.  School leaders are stepping back into the classroom to cover classes and doubling up as lunchtime supervisors and caretakers just to keep their schools open.

“No-one is monitoring the impact staff absence is having on schools nationally, it’s completely hidden from public view. It’s recorded locally at local authority level but no-one is digging further and looking across Wales to find out what is really happening. Schools cannot continue in this way, staying open with supply staff if you can get them and the goodwill of the staff members that remain.

“Any hope of rolling out a successful new curriculum, developing a new qualifications system and trailing new Estyn inspection relations is dwindling by the day. Schools simply cannot keep on trying to cope.

“We aired our concern that the removal of so many mitigation measures in schools was a mistake at the start of September and continue to urge the Welsh government to review the situation.

“If the situation continues and no support is offered to schools, staff absence will result in school leaders being forced to close their schools.”

First published 21 October 2021

Please give us your views  on the current consultations


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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