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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union believes that Welsh Government guidance released today stating that teachers and support staff will be needed on school sites during the Fire Break week from 2 November undermines the safety and effectiveness of the temporary lockdown across Wales.
 
Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers in Wales will be confused and concerned about the mixed messages coming from the Welsh Government.

“It has been made clear by the First Minister that people should only leave their homes during the Fire Break for work purposes only where it is not reasonably practicable to do the work from home.

“Teachers who do not have pupils in front of them in schools are perfectly able to work from home building lessons and resources needed for distance learning. Forcing them onto the school site is unnecessary and dangerous.”
 
Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
 
“This is a lost opportunity. Since September, when a full return to schools was required by the Education Minister, teachers have not been given the time and resources to develop distance learning materials. This week was a golden opportunity to do that but it has been lost by the misguided notion that teachers can develop and deliver quality lessons at the same time.

“Those who could work from home should do so and use the time to develop a robust blended learning programme to ensure that Wales is prepared for any future Fire Breaks.”

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