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All secondary school pupils could be back in School after Easter

 

All Secondary school pupils in the Vale could be back in school after the Easter Break, Education Minster has said.

Speaking at the Welsh Governments press briefing on Monday, Kirsty Williams said it was her preference all learners return after the holidays, which begin on 29 March.

It follows three-to-seven year olds returning to classrooms across Wales as part of a phased return to face-to-face teaching.

Other primary pupils, and years 11 and 13, are due to return on 15 March if Covid case rates continue to fall.

Most children have been learning from home since December after a sharp rise in Covid cases.

Ms Williams told a press conference a decision on when older learners can return will be taken before the Easter holidays.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said he supported the Welsh Government’s phased return to school for pupils in Wales.

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“I think the Welsh approach, which is also the Scottish and the Northern Irish one, is the right one and that’s taking it in a step-by-step cautious way rather than doing it all at once,” he said.

The leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd says many parents will be “frustrated” after hearing that some pupils in Wales will not return to school until after Easter.

Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies said it would be “weeks and months before the whole school environment opens” for all pupils in Wales, saying it was “deeply concerning”.

He said the UK government was allowing all pupils in England to return on 8 March and this shows “it can be done”.

The Covid case rate in Wales is currently 80 per 100,000 people – the lowest of the UK nations – and Wales’ R number is between 0.7 and 0.9, Public Health Wales estimates.

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