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Teaching unions condemn Welsh government's proposed cut to summer break

TEACHING unions in Wales united today to condemn Welsh government proposals to change school terms to cut the summer break.

The two largest unions condemned Schools Minister Jeremy Miles’s consultation on the planned school calendar changes to spread holidays more evenly, including a two-week half-term autumn break.

NASUWT national officer for Wales Neil Butler said: “Teachers in Wales will be concerned that, once again, the Welsh government are attacking the summer holiday.

“They need the Welsh government to deal with the serious workload and learner behaviour issues in schools.

“The Welsh government seems to have totally lost its sense of direction in education.”

The National Education Union’s Emma Forrest said: “The NEU is disappointed that the Welsh government has chosen this time to propose changes to the pattern of the school year.

“Any changes need to be evidenced-based and ensure the wellbeing of the workforce.

“NEU Cymru will be consulting with our members over the proposals.”

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