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NAHT Cymru comments on Welsh government plans for a September return to school in Wales

Commenting as Welsh government confirms that their expectation is that all schools in Wales will reopen in September to all children, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“NAHT shares Welsh government’s ambition to get all pupils back to school in September. Every school leader wants to see all pupils return to school as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Today Welsh government has indicated that it believes that it will be safe for all pupils to return at the start of the autumn term. This is a significant moment and welcome the publications of the scientific advice that underpins Welsh government’s thinking.

“No one should underestimate the scale of the task involved in the full reopening of our schools, however we welcome a transition period to enable schools to get children and staff back to normal and the recognition that there isn’t a one-sized fits all approach to reopening schools.”

Ruth Davies, NAHT president and head teacher of Waunarlwydd primary school near Swansea, said: “In many ways, this is the easy part, the bigger challenge and crucial next step will be for Welsh government to supply the logistical detail to accompany the broad plan; clear and comprehensive guidance will be crucial to its success. We expect to see this in the coming days.

“Throughout the current crisis, school leaders have demonstrated a remarkable ability to transform their schools and adapt to the latest guidance, there is no doubt that they will be able to do so again. NAHT will continue to work with Welsh government to highlight areas of concern and ensure that we have the best possible chance of a successful return to school in September.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
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07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
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