We welcome the appointment of Huw Lewis as the new Minister for Education and very much look forward to working closely with him in the future. There are a number of challenges facing the education sector over the coming weeks, months and years and it is important that they are tackled with consensus and conviction.
"There will no doubt be areas where we agree with the Minister and those where we disagree. What is important is that there is a relationship where that debate can take place in a healthy environment. We are sure that the Minister will seek to ensure that the expertise of teaching unions, and other important voices, are all part of his thinking.
"We very much look forward to meeting the Minister at the earliest opportunity to discuss the current state of play in education, to hear his thinking about what direction of travel he wishes to see education develop and how we can work together with the Welsh Government in partnership in future."
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