02 April 2020

Education unions call for ‘mutual respect, understanding and support’ joint covid-19 advice

Today four education unions, UCAC, ASCL, NAHT and NEU have issued joint advice to their members relating to Coronavirus:

Joint union advice on COVID-19 Wales

This is an unprecedented step, which marks both the seriousness of the crisis and the collaboration that has been going on behind the scenes between unions and on the ground between colleagues in schools. 

The advice is the product of several days of joint working, and covers areas like safe staffing, supporting pupils at home and referring safeguarding concerns.

They say: “Success will be borne out of mutual respect, understanding and support underpinned by a generosity of spirit. Crisis invariably brings out the best in school teams. This joint advice has been published in order to make sure that it does.”

19 March 2020

School closure – wise decision, says UCAC

UCAC education union has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Education that the Easter holidays will be brought forward for schools in Wales, closing on Friday 20 March at the latest.

Dilwyn Roberts-Young, UCAC General Secretary said “School staff have shown over recent days and weeks that they are willing to be on the front line in the effort to contain the outbreak of Covid-19.

“UCAC welcomes the Minister for Education’s announcement today which ensures consistency across Wales, and which commits to looking at how best to support and safeguard the most vulnerable of our learners.

“UCAC will continue its daily meetings with Welsh Government officials and will be urging action on two fronts as a matter of urgency.

“First is the need for an announcement about external exams. The current uncertainty is causing extreme anxiety to learners and staff. We need clarity as soon as possible.

“The second is the need for a set of guidelines about what school staff can be expected to do during this period, including how schools should take into account staff who are ill or have caring responsibilities.

“UCAC will continue to provide advice and support to our members during this extremely difficult period.”

Notes

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

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10 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health Wales has confirmed that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has arrived in Wales and that a patient is under supervision.

We are drawing your attention to guidance from the Welsh Government to assist schools and other educational settings in advising pupils, students, staff, and parents or carers about coronavirus:

Welsh: https://llyw.cymru/social-ar-covid-19-for-school-schools

English: https://gov.wales/guidance-educational-settings-about-covid-19

In addition, here is a statement released by Qualifications Wales:

https://www.qualificationswales.org/english/information-for-stakeholders/schools-and-colleges/guidance-covid-19-coronavirus/

Please contact us if you need to discuss further.

28 January 2020

Union welcomes new curriculum – but sounds cautionary note on implementation

UCAC education union has welcomed today’s publication of curriculum guidance by Welsh Government (28 January), but has warned that particular issues will require attention as planning and implementation begin.

Rebeca Williams, UCAC Deputy General Secretary said “Today is a historic day which sees the publication of a uniquely Welsh curriculum. This is a huge step for Wales and is testament to the vision of the Minister for Education and the hard work of the education profession in Wales over a number of years.

“The Minister herself has called on schools not to rush into trying to plan for this, but rather to take space and time to understand the new model and to start to discuss their vision and values which will inform their planning process. This is wise advice.

09 January 2020

UCAC has lost one who has worked tirelessly for the Union and for the welfare of teachers and pupils throughout Wales.

Siân Cadifor had been UCAC's county secretary in Rhondda Cynon Taf, a member of the National Council and had contributed to a number of Union committees over the years including the Equality Committee.

She was held in high esteem by our fellow members and by educators due to her concern for the education of pupils and for ensuring teacher's well-being as well as a desire to see Wales succeed and for the Welsh language to flourish.

Our deepest sympathies are with Elin and Rhun, her brother and sister, and the whole family.

Following a private service at Coychurch Crematorium, a public service will be held at Tabernacle Chapel, Efail Isaf at 12pm on Saturday, January 25th, 2020.