ColegauCymru Welcomes Education Minister’s “Current Thinking” on the Next Phase for Education in Wales

We welcome today’s publication of a working document setting out current thinking for how schools and other education settings will change to allow social distancing and other factors. The Framework for the next phase of education and childcare: considerations, planning and challenges sets out how the Government is considering the next phase for education providers in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

Our priority as always is to continue to work closely with our member colleges, Government, trade unions and other key stakeholders to ensure that that the physical reopening of colleges is done as early as is reasonably practicable, and in the safest possible way.

Simon Pirotte, Chief Executive of Bridgend College who is leading on the sector’s response to the COVID19 lockdown said

"Our Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has been quite clear that the health and well-being of our staff and learners is paramount and decisions will be based on a solid bank of evidence. I’m confident that, through working together in Wales, we can manage this transition."

ColegauCymru will be meeting with the Minister for Education and other Government officials on Monday 18 May where we will be seeking FEI specific guidance, particularly in relation to the considerable cohorts of vocational learners and ensuring that they can be safely assessed and gain their qualifications before the end of the 19/20 academic year.

Further Information

The Framework for the next phase of education and childcare: considerations, planning and challenges
Minister for Education’s Press Release, published on 15 May 2020: Education Minister sets out ‘thinking’ on return to schools

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