Posted on: Friday 4 December 2020
A common approach has been agreed by the Welsh Government and the WLGA for school arrangements at the end of the Christmas term, following extensive discussions to aim to ensure a consistent as possible level of provision across Wales in ongoing challenging circumstances.
Continuity of education for children and young people with as little disruption as possible remains a priority for local authorities and Welsh Government. In-person teaching and learning will continue until the end of term. As has been the case throughout term, moving to remote learning will only be used where it is proportionate to the prevalence and impact of the virus within the locality.
A WLGA spokesperson said:
"These past few months have been incredibly difficult and the circumstances remain challenging for all of us. The tremendous efforts of teachers, school staff, children and young people in keeping themselves, each other and their communities safe have enabled our schools to be kept open during this difficult time.
"Local authorities and Welsh Government both want to see a coherent, consistent and clear approach being taken nationwide. I am pleased that we have been able to agree on an all-Wales plan, which also takes account of local circumstances.
"I would like to sincerely thank everyone concerned for their patience and perseverance throughout this extraordinary year. Although this challenging period isn’t yet over, we are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, we must all do whatever we can to keep everybody as safe as possible both within schools and at home.”
A Welsh Government spokesperson said:
"Our priority remains ensuring that education continues for all children and young people with as little disruption as possible.
"The Welsh Government and Local Authorities would expect schools to operate as usual up until the last day of term, but of course recognise that for exceptional local public health and safety reasons moving to remote learning may be considered an alternative option.
"We will continue to hold regular discussions with local authorities and unions on these matters as we have done throughout the pandemic."
For information and supporting guidance to help schools and other providers to keep learners safe, please visit www.gov.wales