30 April 2019

Annual Conference 2019 (Cynhadledd Flynyddol 2019)

The Union held a successful Annual Conference again this year at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells on the 5th and 6th of April. During the Conference, 33 leading motions were passed which will set out Union’s campaigns and principles for the coming year.

The motions included some about the transparency of funding education, having a stable school calendar, training for the new curriculum and developing Welsh language skills for the education workforce.

Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, welcomed a special speech outlining her vision for the education system in Wales over the next few years. A question and answer session followed the speech on issues such as the new curriculum, children with additional learning needs, Welsh medium teaching and the recruitment and retention crisis in the profession.

As well as discussing motions, Guto Aaron, Education Technology Coach, gave an interesting and useful presentation and a session on mental health and emotional wellbeing from the Language Alchemist from Chrysalis Company, Tracey Jones. After the evening supper, we were entertained by the band BWCA, a new band from the Aberystwyth area.

The 2020 Annual Conference will take place between 27-28 March at Cwrt Bleddyn, Usk - put the date in your diaries!