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NAHT Cymru comments on possibility of Welsh schools reopening in June

Commenting after First Minister Mark Drakeford mentioned the possibility of children in Wales returning to schools in June on the Andrew Marr show this morning, Laura Doel, director of NAHT Cymru, said: “The First Minister’s reference to June when talking about schools reopening was confusing and unhelpful. There is constant speculation of when schools may reopen and we have been clear that any date set for wider access to schools must be based on robust scientific evidence and medical advice.

“We need to know about infection rates between the young, and transmission rates between the young and adults. Only when these questions have been answered can we begin to understand the conditions necessary to support a safe return.

“We have been clear in our discussions with Welsh Government that the profession must be at the heart of any plans and not merely part of a consultation once plans have already been drawn up. It is the professionals who have the knowledge and understanding of the practicalities involved in returning to school and crucially it’s school leaders who have the faith and confidence of the parents.

"The NAHT will make sure that the calm, considered and determined voice of education professionals is heard by government."

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