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Commenting on the appointment of Lynne Neagle to Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary for NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

“We welcome Lynne Neagle as the new Cabinet Secretary for Education in Wales. She takes the role during an extremely challenging time for teachers and pupils alike. We are experiencing unprecedented recruitment and retention issues, and morale in staffrooms across Wales is at an all-time low. The cost of living crisis has had a catastrophic effect on teachers, children and their families, with many struggling to pay bills, put food on the table, obtain healthcare, and travel safely to work and school.

“Teachers dedicate their lives to educating children and young people. To do this work, they must have fair pay, safe working conditions, and a government that is willing to fund and facilitate sustainable change. If teachers thrive, pupils thrive with them.

“We look forward to working together to build the world-class education system that should be the entitlement of every person in Wales.”

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