P-05-1011 Virtual On-line teacher-led lessons to be provided for all school children



P-05-1011 Virtual On-line teacher-led lessons to be provided for all school children


This petition was submitted by Elfed Williams having collected a total of 2,772 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

There is a strong possibility that social distancing will remain in place beyond September when the new school year starts. Schools will struggle to accommodate all children returning to school. We are calling on the Welsh Government to work with Local Authorities and Teachers Unions to find a National solution for all children to receive the education they need to progress their education. This will require a combination of school and home-based learning through virtual classrooms.


Additional Information

If social distancing has to be maintained beyond September the Welsh Government (WG) needs to start developing a national strategy to educate our children and to provide support for children that might need shielding.

As is likely that only 1/3 of children can be in school at any one time, therefore, a combination of lessons provided in school with virtual on-line lessons will be needed supported by Learning Management Systems. shorturl.at/boB24

Teachers, schools and Local Authorities will need support and funding in overcoming, setup cost for learning platforms, safeguarding issues but also in delivering of lessons online which might require different skill sets by teachers.

It is not good enough for the WG to wash its hands of this issue. Countries like Singapore, China are embracing these technologies due to Covid restrictions on schools. Wales needs to be on the vanguard, leading the way to ensure our children receive the best education during these difficult times.


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This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 01/12/2020.


The Committee considered an update on the petition and in light of the ongoing scrutiny being applied to this subject by the CYPE Committee, the commitment by the Welsh Government to prioritise keeping schools open, and the expectations and guidance produced about provision of online learning, the Committee agreed there was no further action they could achieve at this time and agreed to close the petitions and thank the petitioners.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 29/09/20.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Clwyd West
  • North Wales


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 02/09/2020