Education

NUT Cymru calls for stability

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Time to end constant policy churn: David Evans, NUT Cymru

NUT CYMRU has called for the scrapping of regional consortia if they do not improve amidst a series of policies designed to establish a more stable and coherent education sector in Wales.

The union argues that there has been a great deal of upheaval over the past Assembly term and with major pieces of work, such as the introduction of a new curriculum and Welsh-specific qualifications being introduced over the next few years, it is essential that teachers have a sense of clarity in future.

The Welsh Government should commit to a more stable system with fewer initiatives and changes introduced.

Any new proposals must be fully funded and developed in cooperation with the teaching profession.

The Welsh Government should instigate a national education debate, encompassing the opinions of parents, pupils and teachers.

If the performance of regional consortia does not dramatically improve they should be scrapped.

NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said: “There has been an ever changing education landscape in Wales since 2010. We’ve had no real consistency with so many new initiatives proposed, and in many cases withdrawn, reviewed or changed in a matter of months or years. In some cases we have seen a complete change in very ethos and style of our education philosophy.

“What we have called for, in a series of policy proposals, is to have a sense of long term vision. It is about engaging the teaching profession and public at large and ensuring that we have a coherent and stable system to properly develop and implement some of the major changes around curriculum and qualifications reform that are coming down the line.

“We are also keen to ensure that what we have in place is working. In the case of regional consortia, which were only ever intended to be a short-term fix in the first instance, if there isn’t a recognisable benefit to their existence beyond what we are currently experiencing we should scrap them.”

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