Welsh students could 'check in' before Easter return

Students in Years 7,8 and 9 could meet their teachers to focus on 'wellbeing' to help prepare for return after Easter

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Schools reopening: Students in Wales could 'check in' before Easter return

Some secondary students in Wales could return to schools to “check in” with teachers before the Easter break, the country’s education minister has said.

Kirsty Williams said the return would allow Years 7, 8 and 9 to meet their teachers, with a focus on “support for wellbeing” and preparing for a full return after Easter, but this "check-in" would not be a full return to face-to-face teaching.

The plan, subject to the Welsh government’s next three-week review, would be in addition to the return to school for older primary pupils and older learners taking exams, including Years 11 and 13, from 15 March.

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Foundation phase children in Wales aged between 3 and 7 have been back in classrooms since 22 February.

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On Wednesday, Ms Williams said: “Today, I am able to confirm our intentions to go even further, even earlier, and give schools the opportunity to welcome back learners in Years 7, 8 and 9 before the Easter break.

“This would be to give learners the opportunity to check in with teachers, with a focus on support for wellbeing and readiness for a full return to school after Easter.

“I want to make clear now that this will not be a full return to school for Years 7, 8 and 9 before Easter.

“The focus before Easter will be on learners who are undertaking qualifications, especially those in Years 11 and 13, and those studying practical vocational qualifications.”

Ms Williams said full guidance for schools will be published from 9am on Wednesday to help with planning

All learners are expected to return to face-to-face teaching in the second week of April following the Easter break, though secondary students are only expected to be in school on a part-time basis.

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