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New guidance to support September schools return

The Welsh Government has today published updated guidance to support schools prior to the return of all pupils in September.

Last Thursday, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, announced that all learners would be able to return to schools in the autumn.

The guidance will supports schools, local authorities and settings to implement full operations in the autumn, including new guidance on contact groups.

The Welsh Government will make £29 million available to ‘recruit, recover and raise standards’, in response to the pandemic.

Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Education, said:

“This updated guidance reflects the latest medical and scientific advice, striking a balance between structured national guidance and local flexibility.

“We have learned this year that we must be prepared for a range of scenarios. This guidance sets out what learning priorities should remain constant, regardless of where learning takes place.

“It will support our schools and education settings in ensuring learners continue to access a broad and balanced curriculum and continue to make progress in their learning.

“I would like to thank our local authorities and the trade unions for their input into this guidance, and of course our school staff for their dedication, professionalism and hard work over the last few months, which has set us in good stead for a full return in September.”

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