09 June 2022 

UCAC holds its first face-to-face annual conference in three years on Friday, 10 June 2022 

UCAC will welcome members from all corners of Wales to Aberystwyth University tomorrow for it’s first annual face to face conference in three years tomorrow. Many will also join through TEAMS. 

Dilwyn Roberts Young, UCAC General Secretary, said- “It will be a pleasure to be able to meet new and experienced delegates at Aberystwyth University tomorrow. We very much look forward to having the opportunity to discuss and set UCAC policy for the coming year. 

We expect several lively discussions, with proposals calling on the Conference to consider changing the name of the Union; extend an invitation to teaching assistants and support workers to join the Union and asking Government to seriously consider their plans to reform the school year. 

We will also be welcoming Owen Lloyd, Director, Education and Welsh Language Directorate, Welsh Government and we very much look forward to having his company and the opportunity to question him about the work of the Directorate. 

Notes 

  • UCAC is Wales’s own education union. It represents teachers, headteachers and lecturers in all education sectors across Wales 

For further information please contact:  

  • Ioan Rhys Jones: 07807 175833 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

25 January 2022

UCAC welcomes cautious approach to changing school Covid measures

In response to today’s announcement from the Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS, Rebecca Williams, Deputy General Secretary of UCAC teachers’ union said “UCAC welcomes Welsh Government’s latest decision to move in a phased and cautious way towards moderating Covid measures in schools and returning to the local decision-making framework.

“The priority across the education system is to keep learners and staff healthy and in school, continuing with education. Keeping the requirement for face coverings in place for the time being is an essential and wholly reasonable component of the strategy to achieve that.

“After half-term it is highly likely that decisions will once again be made on the basis of local risk assessments, according to the situation in individual local authorities and schools.

“We also note the statement of intent in relation to this year’s exam series, and hope that this will provide as much certainty as possible under the current circumstances to students and staff.”

Notes

  • UCAC is Wales’s own education union. It represents teachers, headteachers and lecturers in all education sectors across Wales

For further information please contact:

Rebecca Williams: 07787 572180 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8 September 2021

UCAC welcomes pay rise for teachers in Wales

In response to confirmation from the Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS, today that there will be a 1.75% pay rise for teachers in Wales, Dilwyn Roberts-Young, Secretary General of UCAC said “We welcome the fact that the Welsh Government, on the recommendation of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body, has decided to award a pay rise for teachers in Wales. The profession has worked in extremely challenging conditions over the last 18 months and fully deserves this acknowledgement.

“We realise that this was not an easy decision for the Welsh Government to make in light of the Westminster Government's decision to freeze teacher salaries in England and resulting lack of Barnett consequential funding. We therefore appreciate the additional contribution that the Welsh Government has announced today which goes at least some way towards funding the pay rise for school teachers and further education lecturers. We would not want to see a reduction in school budgets as a result of the pay award.