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The NASUWT has welcomed the Welsh Government's decision not to rush ahead with the reopening of schools and ministers are maintaining the position that schools will only open when it is safe to do so.

The Welsh Government has published a Decision Framework for the next phase of education and childcare. In that The Education Minister re-asserted the five key principles that will govern a phased return of schools, the first of which is 'the safety and mental, emotional and physical well-being of learners and staff.'

The NASUWT is working closely with the Welsh Government and will advise the Education Minister on plans to re-open school settings in line with the Decision Framework. It will be critical that ministers maintain a cautious approach which does not undermine public health or put at risk the health and safety of teachers or children.

As more detail emerges on arrangements, the NASUWT will evaluate them and advise members in the light of the key tests it has established around making schools COVID-19 secure and minimising risk.

The NASUWT’s bottom line remains that no teacher or pupil should be expected to return to school until it can be demonstrated that it is safe to do so.

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