9 July 2020
Pupils – and investment – welcomed
UCAC education union has responded to today’s announcement by the Minister for Education about the reopening of schools in September.
Dilwyn Roberts-Young, UCAC General Secretary said “Headteachers and teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure that arrangements for re-opening schools have created a safe environment for pupils. This builds on the work that took place throughout the period of school closures.
“With the statement from the Education Minister we can now look forward to welcoming pupils back to our schools in September and we await the publication of the guidelines for reopening. However, with the guidance being published so late in the day, there will need to be some patience in relation to preparation for the reopening during the first few weeks of the autumn term.
“We welcome the investment in new posts; careful planning will be needed in order to respond to the needs of schools and to ensure opportunities for supply teachers and newly qualified teachers.
“We welcome the Minister for Education's recognition of the heroic work of headteachers, teachers and all school staff over recent months. UCAC will continue to work at a national, regional and local level to ensure the well-being of our members as they ensure the highest quality education for pupils.”
- UCAC is Wales’s own education union. It represents teachers, headteachers and lecturers in all education sectors across Wales