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Home schooling to continue into September

Created on 09/07/2020 @ 14:45
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Local schools have been told to welcome all their pupils back by September 14, but it means that some parents could have another two weeks of home schooling at the start of next term.

The Welsh Government’s Education Minister announced this afternoon that if a school feels they can reopen safely at the start of term on September 2, then they should. But those that can’t are being told to prioritise Years 7, 12, 13 and Special Units for Secondary, and Special Units for Early Years and Year 6 for the first fortnight.

Parents will receive more specific information from their school and the Local Authority as it becomes available.

Each school setting will have local challenges to address, including staffing levels and school transport arrangements. The council said it will work closely with all schools to overcome these issues. 

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: “Over the last few months, many learners will have felt anxious about loss of learning and not being able to see their friends. I welcome the Minister’s plan to allow schools to safely welcome pupils back in September in line with all necessary safety measures and Welsh Government guidance.

“We know hard working staff in schools, learners and their families may well be under additional emotional, financial and psychological pressure during this incredibly challenging period. We will continue to work closely with schools and settings to consider how best to support the ongoing well-being needs of all learners at this tough time. 

“Pupils’ learning has been severely disrupted by the crisis. The £29m pledge by Welsh Government to recruit extra staff to support the recovery phase, minimise the impacts on pupils, and continue the ongoing work to raise school standards.

“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support over these difficult few months and I know that working by together, we will ensure the Autumn term return to school will be successful.”


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