As the election campaigning kicks off in Wales, a recent National Education Union Cymru survey shows 99% of members said that more funding for the education system would help to support children and young people in their learning.

NEU Cymru members’ manifesto #FairEducationForAllWales centres around 3 clear asks for the next Welsh Government, which should support young people in their learning, and help the education workforce in these challenging times. The Union is asking the next Welsh Government to:

• Make learning fair and equitable
• Reduce the cost of going to school and college
• Support the education workforce

Speaking about the NEU Cymru manifesto, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said: “Our members clearly go into education to support children and young people in their learning.

“It has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone here in Wales, but for young people who have spent time in and out of school, we need to make sure that the next Welsh Government puts support in place to help them both now and in the future – and truly values the work of our teachers, lecturers, leaders, and support staff.”

David Evans added: “We are lucky in some ways here in Wales, still with a state school system in place, no SATs, and the Education Maintenance Allowance helping learners in post-16.

“But if this year has taught us anything, it is the importance of education for the whole of society, and most important for children and young people as future citizens of Wales.”