Responding to the Welsh Government’s announcement today that “a further £72 million will go to support learners” as part of the since the Covid-19 pandemic, NAHT Cymru Director Laura Doel said: “While we welcome the money, it must be used to support high quality teaching and learning, and a long-term evidence-based strategy of wellbeing and education recovery for pupils.
“The concept of ‘catch-up’ is a quick-fix gimmick, and the Welsh Government must listen to the education profession when it comes to assessing the needs of learners and the need to fully fund a recovery and allow schools the time to assess the impact of the pandemic on learners.”
“It’s critical that the money goes directly to schools – not consortia – and local leaders and their teams need the flexibility to use it to support wellbeing where that is the greatest priority for a school, as well around raising standards.
“Investment in high quality teaching through professional development and retaining good teachers underpins this long-term recovery. “While we await to find out the details around this announcement, it would be useful for school leaders to know that a full academic year is being funded in terms of planning staffing and activity as they move forward on the long road to recovery”.
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