Kirsty Williams

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Kirsty 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. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:07:00 PM EAT

Kirsty 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. " External link

icWales Wednesday, March 3, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Following cross-government discussions to not disadvantage learners either side of the border with their progression I can confirm that GCSE and A-level results and selected vocational qualifications results in Wales will move forward this year to week commencing August 9" External link

southwales-eveningpost Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Following cross-government discussions to not disadvantage learners either side of the border with their progression I can confirm that GCSE and A-level results and selected vocational qualifications results in Wales will move forward this year to week commencing August 9" External link

icWales Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:54:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “There is a range of possibilities about how we can use the summer recess in Wales. We are long overdue a look at how the academic year is structured,” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We will be guided by - as always - the advice of the JCVI," External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We will be focusing on what the public health situation allows us to do. If we can go faster, then I will grab that with both hands," External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, February 22, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We’re now working on how we can see the safe return of more learners to schools and colleges,” “We will confirm the situation for other learners before the Easter holidays but I can tell you now that my preference is to get all learners back in school after the break” External link

msn-uk Monday, February 22, 2021 7:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Our phased and very careful approach is in line with the public health advice that I have received, and in fact, it’s also consistent with UK-wide advice,” “If there is different information and new information available which contradicts our careful approach, then clearly we would want to consider that” External link

msn-uk Monday, February 22, 2021 7:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “Where possible, we also want to give some flexibility around other learners, such as Year 12 and those in Year 10 who may also have been entered into qualifications this summer,” External link

surreymirror Monday, February 22, 2021 6:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We’re now working on how we can see the safe return of more learners to schools and colleges,” “We will confirm the situation for other learners before the Easter holidays but I can tell you now that my preference is to get all learners back in school after the break” External link

thecourier Monday, February 22, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Our phased and very careful approach is in line with the public health advice that I have received, and in fact, it’s also consistent with UK-wide advice,” “If there is different information and new information available which contradicts our careful approach, then clearly we would want to consider that” External link

thecourier Monday, February 22, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “But we might have to do that on a routine basis, allowing us to cut the number of children in the class down, helping to keep those schools as Covid-secure as possible,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, February 22, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We will be focusing on what the public health situation allows us to do. If we can go faster, then I will grab that with both hands," External link

icWales Monday, February 22, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “But we might have to do that on a routine basis, allowing us to cut the number of children in the class down, helping to keep those schools as Covid-secure as possible,” External link

thecourier Monday, February 22, 2021 3:21:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "She really loved the bottle because she got to decorate it herself. Since she'd got it, she'd been drinking out of it all the time. " External link

themirror Friday, February 19, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "When we got to both hospitals, all the doctors and nurses had never seen anything like it before. " External link

themirror Friday, February 19, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "She couldn't eat for two days. She was really scarred because of her tongue. " External link

themirror Friday, February 19, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I would like to thank all the education workforce for their continued hard work and dedication in these uncertain and anxious times. " External link

southwalesargus Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I know that many in the profession may be anxious, in particular at news coverage of new variants of Covid-19. " External link

southwalesargus Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Crucially, as a result of this amendment, pupils will know that when they speak out, it will be in a school environment that is prepared to respond proactively, with empathy and get it right first time,” “It goes beyond teaching it is about creating an atmosphere that supports children in their academic learning and how they feel about being in the school environment” External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "It's vital we equip our children and young people with the skills to be able to think critically and navigate the digital world in a safe and responsible way," External link

prnewswire Tuesday, February 9, 2021 11:32:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The plan was that if a child was a contact of a positive coronavirus case we would be able to use lateral flow tests every morning to prevent them from having to self-isolate. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

southwales-eveningpost Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

thecourier Friday, February 5, 2021 9:18:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

icWales Friday, February 5, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

pressandjournal Friday, February 5, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

dailyecho Friday, February 5, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Sadly, we are not yet in a position to be able to see a full return to school for every learner" External link

bbc Friday, February 5, 2021 3:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "We have prioritised our youngest learners because of the favourable evidence on transmission in younger children, and also because we know they find it difficult to learn remotely. "I must be absolutely clear - we are told time and time again that our education premises are safe, but it is the added movement around them that contributes to the R number. " External link

bbc Friday, February 5, 2021 3:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "changes to the pattern of the school year is long overdue" External link

bbc Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:08:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

westerntelegraph Saturday, January 23, 2021 12:45:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

southwales-eveningpost Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

icWales Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:26:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We need to ensure that the virus is under control and see numbers in the community are dropping. " External link

southwalesargus Monday, January 18, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We are not holding back any supplies of the Pfizer vaccine or the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine. " External link

southwalesargus Monday, January 18, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "At present we have supplies of the Pfizer vaccine to take us forward. " External link

southwalesargus Monday, January 18, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Our universities have worked tremendously hard to support their students, ensuring learning has continued, while putting measures in place to protect their students, staff and their local communities. This funding will allow them to build on that good work" External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, January 18, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Our universities have worked tremendously hard to support their students, ensuring learning has continued, while putting measures in place to protect their students, staff and their local communities. This funding will allow them to build on that good work" External link

icWales Monday, January 18, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "This year, due to reasons beyond their control, many thousands of students have not been able to return to campus yet. In some cases, this means some students might still be paying for their accommodation while they are unable to use it. We recognise how difficult this is, which is why we are announcing this additional funding. " External link

icWales Monday, January 18, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

southwales-eveningpost Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:45:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

icWales Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19,” External link

thecourier Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19,” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:34:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We need to see a reduction in cases across Wales to create room to allow face to face teaching," External link

southwales-eveningpost Saturday, January 9, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We need to see a reduction in cases across Wales to create room to allow face to face teaching," External link

icWales Friday, January 8, 2021 11:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

heraldscotland Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

dailyecho Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

yorkpress Wednesday, January 6, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:32:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

msn-uk Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Obviously January 18th will have to be kept under review. It will be reviewed depending on the pandemic and what is happening in terms of pressure on the NHS,” External link

icWales Tuesday, January 5, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to best plan for the rest of term. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Tuesday, January 5, 2021 1:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

nottinghampost Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:50:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to best plan for the rest of term. " External link

icWales Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

coventrytelegraph Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

yorkpress Tuesday, January 5, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

heraldscotland Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:24:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home," External link

newsandstar Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:06:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

dailyecho Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments. On this basis Special Schools and PRU’s should remain open if possible,” External link

hulldailymail Monday, January 4, 2021 10:56:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Special schools should remain open if possible to support vulnerable learners,” External link

hulldailymail Monday, January 4, 2021 10:56:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

themirror Monday, January 4, 2021 10:55:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

pressandjournal Monday, January 4, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We had initially given schools flexibility in the first two weeks of term to decide when to reopen based on local circumstances,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, January 4, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, January 4, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Special schools should remain open if possible to support vulnerable learners,” External link

standard Monday, January 4, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

msn-uk Monday, January 4, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We had initially given schools flexibility in the first two weeks of term to decide when to reopen based on local circumstances,” External link

msn-uk Monday, January 4, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

msn-uk Monday, January 4, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The situation in Wales and across the UK remains very serious. Today, the four UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed that the UK is now at the highest level of risk, Joint Biosecurity Council level 5. " External link

chesterfirst Monday, January 4, 2021 10:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

thecourier Monday, January 4, 2021 9:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We had initially given schools flexibility in the first two weeks of term to decide when to reopen based on local circumstances,” External link

thecourier Monday, January 4, 2021 9:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

thecourier Monday, January 4, 2021 9:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to best plan for the rest of term. "This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information" External link

bbc Monday, January 4, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, December 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, December 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

icWales Monday, December 14, 2020 10:36:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

icWales Monday, December 14, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, December 14, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

icWales Monday, December 14, 2020 3:31:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “The virus is putting our health service under significant and sustained pressure and it is important we all make a contribution to reduce its transmission” External link

msn-uk Friday, December 11, 2020 12:51:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Every day we are seeing more and more people admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms,” External link

guardian Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:32:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The virus is putting our health service under significant and sustained pressure and it is important we all make a contribution to reduce its transmission," External link

msn-uk Thursday, December 10, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said ( about Kirsty Williams ) : "The virus is putting our health service under significant and sustained pressure and it is important we all make a contribution to reduce its transmission. “I can therefore confirm that a move to online learning should be implemented for secondary school pupils and college students from Monday next week. Ms Williams that children should be at home and stressed this is " External link

thesun Thursday, December 10, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I am really sorry but I blame the government for this. " External link

burtonmail Thursday, December 3, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “We cannot force students or compel students to take an asymptomatic test, but all students need to think about their own risk and their own risk assessment about where they are returning and to whom they are returning,” External link

southwalesargus Thursday, November 26, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We're considering whether that, in light of this new evidence, it would be the appropriate thing to do" External link

bbc Sunday, November 15, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "But we have seen a growth in the amount of cases in the secondary school population and it does seem that those age group children do have a role in passing the virus around," External link

bbc Sunday, November 15, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Many students will wish to return home for the Christmas break and I’m pleased to confirm arrangements to enable that. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We remain optimistic that the public heath situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. " External link

heart Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision making process. "We remain optimistic that the public health situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. "We have consulted with universities across the UK and they have confirmed that they are used to accepting many different types of qualifications" External link

bbc Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision-making process. " External link

birminghammail Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision-making process. " External link

tamworthherald Tuesday, November 10, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision-making process. " External link

themirror Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The wellbeing of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision making process. "We remain optimistic that the public heath situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. "We have consulted with universities across the UK and they have confirmed that they are used to accepting many different types of qualifications" External link

bbc Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:58:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We remain optimistic that the public heath situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. © PA Students taking part in a march over the government's handling of exam results. " External link

msn-uk Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "There is, of course, sadness in making this decision, but also with a sense of achievement and pride," External link

bbc Tuesday, October 27, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Today’s announcement shows the benefit and continuation of the Welsh Government gaining responsibility for these powers. " External link

southwalesargus Friday, October 16, 2020 12:41:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "When this work was commissioned in October last year nobody could have known about the unprecedented strain the coronavirus pandemic would have on public sector budgets. “I am fully aware of the real pressures that local authorities and schools are now facing as a consequence of the pandemic - such challenges make it even more important that a considered review of the school funding system has been undertaken to ensure it is well-placed to assist policymakers as we move forward. “The Welsh Government is doing everything it can to ensure Wales’s public services have all the resources they need to respond to, and mitigate the impact of, the crisis. “Now, more than ever, we need to understand the funding decisions made across Wales to secure equity and excellence for our learners. “The publication of this report is therefore very timely as it provides evidence to enable policy makers to make informed decisions when considering funding for schools across Wales, continuing our overall aim of improving school standards and reducing inequalities" External link

icWales Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:43:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I am really sorry but I blame the government for this. " External link

thisisderbyshire Monday, October 5, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The vast majority of students, studying here in Wales, want to do the right thing and want to follow the rules," External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "That's my priority as the education minister and as a mum," External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We understand that this is a serious situation and how upsetting it is for all those involved" External link

heart Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said ( about Royal Glamorgan ) : "We understand that this is a serious situation and how upsetting it is for all involved. "We are working with the local health board, health authorities, the senior management team and Public Health Wales to understand and, crucially, address the issues that have arisen at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to bring that outbreak under control and learn the lessons of that, so that those lessons can be applied in other health care settings" External link

bbc Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "It is vital that children who receive free school meals are able to continue to benefit from this support whether they are in school or at home because they are shielding or self-isolating. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "It is vital children and young people, parents and the education workforce feel confident that all measures are being taken to protect them as they return to schools and colleges. "We have recently updated our guidance for schools and further education to require settings and local authorities to undertake risk assessments of their estates to determine if face coverings should be recommended for their staff and young people in communal areas - this includes transport" External link

bbc Monday, September 7, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Other winter ailments could be confused (with these symptoms), but it is essential at this stage that they need to be tested," External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "If the experience of Scotland is anything to go by, they have seen a significant uptake in the number of children that are taking Covid-19 tests," External link

dailypost-co-uk Tuesday, September 1, 2020 5:27:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "Schools have been incredibly busy getting ready for the opening of schools next week. Making sure that there are adequate hand washing and hand sanitising facilities available. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Friday, August 28, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

southwalesargus Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "Schools have been incredibly busy getting ready for the opening of schools next week. Making sure that there are adequate hand washing and hand sanitising facilities available. " External link

icWales Thursday, August 27, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

heart Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We are advised that while face coverings are likely to be of little value in children under the age of 11 years, the rates of infection and transmission increase after from the age of 11 onwards and could have a role in risk mitigation. " External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

skynews Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. Mr Gething had asked a scientific advisory group to consider the current coronavirus guidance for the nation's schools, which are due to return next week. That came hours before Boris Johnson reversed advice that pupils should not wear face masks in English secondaries, amid growing pressure from headteachers, teaching unions and medical experts. Meanwhile, a teaching union questioned if the UK government was following scientific advice or " External link

msn-uk Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the chief medical officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

independent-UK Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

skynews Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "For our young people, just like everyone else, the last few months have been and continue to be a stressful time. " External link

independent-UK Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:05:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding centre assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales" "It is clear that maintaining confidence in our qualifications whilst being fair to students requires this difficult decision," External link

bbc Monday, August 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding centre assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales" External link

msn-uk Monday, August 17, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding centre assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales" External link

bbc Monday, August 17, 2020 5:27:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Working with Qualifications Wales and WJEC we have sought an approach which provides fairness and balances out differences in the standards applied to judgments in schools. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Monday, August 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Earlier this week I directed Qualifications Wales to broaden the grounds for appeal for A levels, AS, Skills Challenge Certificate and GCSEs. " External link

icWales Saturday, August 15, 2020 6:53:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “For AS students concerned about their grades we are continuing to work with Qualifications Wales,” “Next year students will have the choice to take all the units for the A level (A1 and A2) or just A2, so there is a choice” External link

southwales-eveningpost Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “For AS students concerned about their grades we are continuing to work with Qualifications Wales,” “Next year students will have the choice to take all the units for the A level (A1 and A2) or just A2, so there is a choice” External link

icWales Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "This will mean - and I have received assurances from Ucas and universities - that students can speak with confidence to their prospective universities regarding their A-level grades," External link

bbc Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "This will mean - and I have received assurances from Ucas and universities - that students can speak with confidence to their prospective universities regarding their A-level grades," External link

bbc Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "This will mean - and I have received assurances from Ucas and universities - that students can speak with confidence to their prospective universities regarding their A-level grades," External link

bbc Thursday, August 13, 2020 3:45:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "In building on that completed work, I am giving a guarantee that a learner’s final A-level grade cannot be lower than their AS grade," External link

southwalesargus Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:30:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Becoming a first time mum in this pandemic was really frightening but all the midwives were very supportive and there every step of the way. I can't thank them enough for making my experience of becoming a mum unforgettable and for helping bring our beautiful boy into the world" External link

southwalesargus Monday, August 3, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Our support for 16 to 19 age students aims to ensure students beginning courses in September are not disadvantaged by the disruption they faced earlier this year," "It is [also] part of our wider measures to ensure we have a skilled workforce that will drive forward the economic recovery from the coronavirus" External link

bbc Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:22:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "I cannot ignore the significant disruption to education caused by COVID" External link

southwales-eveningpost Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "I cannot ignore the significant disruption to education caused by COVID" External link

icWales Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "On the issue of fines for parents, we want children to be back in September but I recognise there may be some lingering concerns so, initially, we will not be imposing fines on parents who choose not to send their children back. " External link

icWales Friday, July 10, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We are certainly not putting children lives at risk," External link

icWales Friday, July 10, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I think parents can be confident about sending their children back in to school," External link

icWales Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Schools will return to full capacity with only limited social distancing within contact groups," "At full operations, a contact group should consist of around 30 children. Some direct or indirect mixing between children in different contact groups will also be unavoidable. "Schools will be required to minimise the risk of transmission by taking other mitigating measures. Social distancing for adults should remain in line with the regulations and guidance" External link

bbc Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "With regards to September, what we expect is the opportunity to maximise face-to-face learning and to minimise the disruption to children's education as a result of Covid-19," External link

icWales Tuesday, July 7, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I am currently awaiting a final piece of scientific advice," External link

icWales Tuesday, July 7, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We’re all trying to deal with these wicked problems of how you manage in this pandemic. I don’t criticise decisions that other people have made. We’re focusing on what is right for Wales and what is possible in Wales” External link

msn-uk Monday, June 29, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary42.95%EN11/21/201721/11/2017
education secretary20.85%EN11/21/201721/11/2017
secretary for education7.21%EN11/20/201720/11/2017
pilot0.31%EN10/24/201724/10/2017
education cabinet secretary0.31%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
cabinet secretary0.31%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
leader21.00%EN05/16/201716/05/2017
minister2.04%EN01/31/201731/01/2017
education minister1.72%EN12/18/201618/12/2016
current education secretary0.16%EN12/18/201618/12/2016
democrat0.16%EN10/14/201614/10/2016
colleague0.16%EN10/07/201607/10/2016
liberal democrat cabinet secretary0.63%EN09/12/201612/09/2016
new education secretary0.47%EN08/20/201620/08/2016
secrétaire0.31%FR07/22/201622/07/2016
democrat education secretary0.16%EN06/05/201605/06/2016
member0.16%EN05/18/201618/05/2016
democrat leader0.47%EN11/27/201327/11/2013
liberal0.16%EN11/20/200720/11/2007
spokeswoman0.31%EN04/02/200502/04/2005
liberal democrat0.16%EN04/02/200502/04/2005
Names Lang Count
Kirsty WilliamsEN99.77%
Kirsty WilliamsFR0.23%
Kirsty WilliamsES0.00%


 
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Kirsty 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. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:07:00 PM EAT

Kirsty 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. " External link

icWales Wednesday, March 3, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Following cross-government discussions to not disadvantage learners either side of the border with their progression I can confirm that GCSE and A-level results and selected vocational qualifications results in Wales will move forward this year to week commencing August 9" External link

southwales-eveningpost Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Following cross-government discussions to not disadvantage learners either side of the border with their progression I can confirm that GCSE and A-level results and selected vocational qualifications results in Wales will move forward this year to week commencing August 9" External link

icWales Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:54:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “There is a range of possibilities about how we can use the summer recess in Wales. We are long overdue a look at how the academic year is structured,” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We will be guided by - as always - the advice of the JCVI," External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We will be focusing on what the public health situation allows us to do. If we can go faster, then I will grab that with both hands," External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, February 22, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We’re now working on how we can see the safe return of more learners to schools and colleges,” “We will confirm the situation for other learners before the Easter holidays but I can tell you now that my preference is to get all learners back in school after the break” External link

msn-uk Monday, February 22, 2021 7:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Our phased and very careful approach is in line with the public health advice that I have received, and in fact, it’s also consistent with UK-wide advice,” “If there is different information and new information available which contradicts our careful approach, then clearly we would want to consider that” External link

msn-uk Monday, February 22, 2021 7:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “Where possible, we also want to give some flexibility around other learners, such as Year 12 and those in Year 10 who may also have been entered into qualifications this summer,” External link

surreymirror Monday, February 22, 2021 6:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We’re now working on how we can see the safe return of more learners to schools and colleges,” “We will confirm the situation for other learners before the Easter holidays but I can tell you now that my preference is to get all learners back in school after the break” External link

thecourier Monday, February 22, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Our phased and very careful approach is in line with the public health advice that I have received, and in fact, it’s also consistent with UK-wide advice,” “If there is different information and new information available which contradicts our careful approach, then clearly we would want to consider that” External link

thecourier Monday, February 22, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “But we might have to do that on a routine basis, allowing us to cut the number of children in the class down, helping to keep those schools as Covid-secure as possible,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, February 22, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We will be focusing on what the public health situation allows us to do. If we can go faster, then I will grab that with both hands," External link

icWales Monday, February 22, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “But we might have to do that on a routine basis, allowing us to cut the number of children in the class down, helping to keep those schools as Covid-secure as possible,” External link

thecourier Monday, February 22, 2021 3:21:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "She really loved the bottle because she got to decorate it herself. Since she'd got it, she'd been drinking out of it all the time. " External link

themirror Friday, February 19, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "When we got to both hospitals, all the doctors and nurses had never seen anything like it before. " External link

themirror Friday, February 19, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "She couldn't eat for two days. She was really scarred because of her tongue. " External link

themirror Friday, February 19, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I would like to thank all the education workforce for their continued hard work and dedication in these uncertain and anxious times. " External link

southwalesargus Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I know that many in the profession may be anxious, in particular at news coverage of new variants of Covid-19. " External link

southwalesargus Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Crucially, as a result of this amendment, pupils will know that when they speak out, it will be in a school environment that is prepared to respond proactively, with empathy and get it right first time,” “It goes beyond teaching it is about creating an atmosphere that supports children in their academic learning and how they feel about being in the school environment” External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "It's vital we equip our children and young people with the skills to be able to think critically and navigate the digital world in a safe and responsible way," External link

prnewswire Tuesday, February 9, 2021 11:32:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The plan was that if a child was a contact of a positive coronavirus case we would be able to use lateral flow tests every morning to prevent them from having to self-isolate. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

southwales-eveningpost Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

thecourier Friday, February 5, 2021 9:18:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

icWales Friday, February 5, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

pressandjournal Friday, February 5, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : “As we all know, you only get one childhood, which is exactly why we are all working so hard to support young people back into schools so they can learn with their friends” External link

dailyecho Friday, February 5, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Sadly, we are not yet in a position to be able to see a full return to school for every learner" External link

bbc Friday, February 5, 2021 3:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "We have prioritised our youngest learners because of the favourable evidence on transmission in younger children, and also because we know they find it difficult to learn remotely. "I must be absolutely clear - we are told time and time again that our education premises are safe, but it is the added movement around them that contributes to the R number. " External link

bbc Friday, February 5, 2021 3:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "changes to the pattern of the school year is long overdue" External link

bbc Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:08:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

westerntelegraph Saturday, January 23, 2021 12:45:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

southwales-eveningpost Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

icWales Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:26:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We need to ensure that the virus is under control and see numbers in the community are dropping. " External link

southwalesargus Monday, January 18, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We are not holding back any supplies of the Pfizer vaccine or the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine. " External link

southwalesargus Monday, January 18, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "At present we have supplies of the Pfizer vaccine to take us forward. " External link

southwalesargus Monday, January 18, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Our universities have worked tremendously hard to support their students, ensuring learning has continued, while putting measures in place to protect their students, staff and their local communities. This funding will allow them to build on that good work" External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, January 18, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Our universities have worked tremendously hard to support their students, ensuring learning has continued, while putting measures in place to protect their students, staff and their local communities. This funding will allow them to build on that good work" External link

icWales Monday, January 18, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "This year, due to reasons beyond their control, many thousands of students have not been able to return to campus yet. In some cases, this means some students might still be paying for their accommodation while they are unable to use it. We recognise how difficult this is, which is why we are announcing this additional funding. " External link

icWales Monday, January 18, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

southwales-eveningpost Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:45:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19," External link

icWales Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19,” External link

thecourier Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “I fully stand behind the work of the JCVI in how it has identified who is most at risk of serious harm or death as a result of contracting Covid-19,” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:34:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We need to see a reduction in cases across Wales to create room to allow face to face teaching," External link

southwales-eveningpost Saturday, January 9, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We need to see a reduction in cases across Wales to create room to allow face to face teaching," External link

icWales Friday, January 8, 2021 11:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

heraldscotland Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

dailyecho Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

yorkpress Wednesday, January 6, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:32:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

msn-uk Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Obviously January 18th will have to be kept under review. It will be reviewed depending on the pandemic and what is happening in terms of pressure on the NHS,” External link

icWales Tuesday, January 5, 2021 7:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to best plan for the rest of term. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Tuesday, January 5, 2021 1:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

nottinghampost Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:50:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to best plan for the rest of term. " External link

icWales Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

coventrytelegraph Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

yorkpress Tuesday, January 5, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

heraldscotland Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:24:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home," External link

newsandstar Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:06:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

dailyecho Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments. On this basis Special Schools and PRU’s should remain open if possible,” External link

hulldailymail Monday, January 4, 2021 10:56:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Special schools should remain open if possible to support vulnerable learners,” External link

hulldailymail Monday, January 4, 2021 10:56:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

themirror Monday, January 4, 2021 10:55:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

pressandjournal Monday, January 4, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We had initially given schools flexibility in the first two weeks of term to decide when to reopen based on local circumstances,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, January 4, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, January 4, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Special schools should remain open if possible to support vulnerable learners,” External link

standard Monday, January 4, 2021 10:39:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

msn-uk Monday, January 4, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We had initially given schools flexibility in the first two weeks of term to decide when to reopen based on local circumstances,” External link

msn-uk Monday, January 4, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

msn-uk Monday, January 4, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The situation in Wales and across the UK remains very serious. Today, the four UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed that the UK is now at the highest level of risk, Joint Biosecurity Council level 5. " External link

chesterfirst Monday, January 4, 2021 10:10:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information,” “Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments” External link

thecourier Monday, January 4, 2021 9:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We had initially given schools flexibility in the first two weeks of term to decide when to reopen based on local circumstances,” External link

thecourier Monday, January 4, 2021 9:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home,” External link

thecourier Monday, January 4, 2021 9:46:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to best plan for the rest of term. "This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information" External link

bbc Monday, January 4, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, December 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, December 14, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

icWales Monday, December 14, 2020 10:36:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

icWales Monday, December 14, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Monday, December 14, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Throughout this pandemic our priority has been to deliver maximum learning with as minimal disruption as possible. " External link

icWales Monday, December 14, 2020 3:31:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “The virus is putting our health service under significant and sustained pressure and it is important we all make a contribution to reduce its transmission” External link

msn-uk Friday, December 11, 2020 12:51:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “Every day we are seeing more and more people admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms,” External link

guardian Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:32:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The virus is putting our health service under significant and sustained pressure and it is important we all make a contribution to reduce its transmission," External link

msn-uk Thursday, December 10, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said ( about Kirsty Williams ) : "The virus is putting our health service under significant and sustained pressure and it is important we all make a contribution to reduce its transmission. “I can therefore confirm that a move to online learning should be implemented for secondary school pupils and college students from Monday next week. Ms Williams that children should be at home and stressed this is " External link

thesun Thursday, December 10, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I am really sorry but I blame the government for this. " External link

burtonmail Thursday, December 3, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : “We cannot force students or compel students to take an asymptomatic test, but all students need to think about their own risk and their own risk assessment about where they are returning and to whom they are returning,” External link

southwalesargus Thursday, November 26, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We're considering whether that, in light of this new evidence, it would be the appropriate thing to do" External link

bbc Sunday, November 15, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "But we have seen a growth in the amount of cases in the secondary school population and it does seem that those age group children do have a role in passing the virus around," External link

bbc Sunday, November 15, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Many students will wish to return home for the Christmas break and I’m pleased to confirm arrangements to enable that. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We remain optimistic that the public heath situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. " External link

heart Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision making process. "We remain optimistic that the public health situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. "We have consulted with universities across the UK and they have confirmed that they are used to accepting many different types of qualifications" External link

bbc Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision-making process. " External link

birminghammail Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision-making process. " External link

tamworthherald Tuesday, November 10, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision-making process. " External link

themirror Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The wellbeing of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision making process. "We remain optimistic that the public heath situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. "We have consulted with universities across the UK and they have confirmed that they are used to accepting many different types of qualifications" External link

bbc Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:58:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We remain optimistic that the public heath situation will improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place. © PA Students taking part in a march over the government's handling of exam results. " External link

msn-uk Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "There is, of course, sadness in making this decision, but also with a sense of achievement and pride," External link

bbc Tuesday, October 27, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Today’s announcement shows the benefit and continuation of the Welsh Government gaining responsibility for these powers. " External link

southwalesargus Friday, October 16, 2020 12:41:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "When this work was commissioned in October last year nobody could have known about the unprecedented strain the coronavirus pandemic would have on public sector budgets. “I am fully aware of the real pressures that local authorities and schools are now facing as a consequence of the pandemic - such challenges make it even more important that a considered review of the school funding system has been undertaken to ensure it is well-placed to assist policymakers as we move forward. “The Welsh Government is doing everything it can to ensure Wales’s public services have all the resources they need to respond to, and mitigate the impact of, the crisis. “Now, more than ever, we need to understand the funding decisions made across Wales to secure equity and excellence for our learners. “The publication of this report is therefore very timely as it provides evidence to enable policy makers to make informed decisions when considering funding for schools across Wales, continuing our overall aim of improving school standards and reducing inequalities" External link

icWales Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:43:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I am really sorry but I blame the government for this. " External link

thisisderbyshire Monday, October 5, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The vast majority of students, studying here in Wales, want to do the right thing and want to follow the rules," External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "That's my priority as the education minister and as a mum," External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We understand that this is a serious situation and how upsetting it is for all those involved" External link

heart Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said ( about Royal Glamorgan ) : "We understand that this is a serious situation and how upsetting it is for all involved. "We are working with the local health board, health authorities, the senior management team and Public Health Wales to understand and, crucially, address the issues that have arisen at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to bring that outbreak under control and learn the lessons of that, so that those lessons can be applied in other health care settings" External link

bbc Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "It is vital that children who receive free school meals are able to continue to benefit from this support whether they are in school or at home because they are shielding or self-isolating. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "It is vital children and young people, parents and the education workforce feel confident that all measures are being taken to protect them as they return to schools and colleges. "We have recently updated our guidance for schools and further education to require settings and local authorities to undertake risk assessments of their estates to determine if face coverings should be recommended for their staff and young people in communal areas - this includes transport" External link

bbc Monday, September 7, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Other winter ailments could be confused (with these symptoms), but it is essential at this stage that they need to be tested," External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "If the experience of Scotland is anything to go by, they have seen a significant uptake in the number of children that are taking Covid-19 tests," External link

dailypost-co-uk Tuesday, September 1, 2020 5:27:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "Schools have been incredibly busy getting ready for the opening of schools next week. Making sure that there are adequate hand washing and hand sanitising facilities available. " External link

southwales-eveningpost Friday, August 28, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

southwalesargus Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "Schools have been incredibly busy getting ready for the opening of schools next week. Making sure that there are adequate hand washing and hand sanitising facilities available. " External link

icWales Thursday, August 27, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

heart Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We are advised that while face coverings are likely to be of little value in children under the age of 11 years, the rates of infection and transmission increase after from the age of 11 onwards and could have a role in risk mitigation. " External link

southwalesargus Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

skynews Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. Mr Gething had asked a scientific advisory group to consider the current coronavirus guidance for the nation's schools, which are due to return next week. That came hours before Boris Johnson reversed advice that pupils should not wear face masks in English secondaries, amid growing pressure from headteachers, teaching unions and medical experts. Meanwhile, a teaching union questioned if the UK government was following scientific advice or " External link

msn-uk Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the chief medical officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

independent-UK Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained, including schools and school transport. " External link

skynews Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "For our young people, just like everyone else, the last few months have been and continue to be a stressful time. " External link

independent-UK Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:05:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding centre assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales" "It is clear that maintaining confidence in our qualifications whilst being fair to students requires this difficult decision," External link

bbc Monday, August 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding centre assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales" External link

msn-uk Monday, August 17, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding centre assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales" External link

bbc Monday, August 17, 2020 5:27:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Working with Qualifications Wales and WJEC we have sought an approach which provides fairness and balances out differences in the standards applied to judgments in schools. " External link

dailypost-co-uk Monday, August 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Earlier this week I directed Qualifications Wales to broaden the grounds for appeal for A levels, AS, Skills Challenge Certificate and GCSEs. " External link

icWales Saturday, August 15, 2020 6:53:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “For AS students concerned about their grades we are continuing to work with Qualifications Wales,” “Next year students will have the choice to take all the units for the A level (A1 and A2) or just A2, so there is a choice” External link

southwales-eveningpost Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “For AS students concerned about their grades we are continuing to work with Qualifications Wales,” “Next year students will have the choice to take all the units for the A level (A1 and A2) or just A2, so there is a choice” External link

icWales Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "This will mean - and I have received assurances from Ucas and universities - that students can speak with confidence to their prospective universities regarding their A-level grades," External link

bbc Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "This will mean - and I have received assurances from Ucas and universities - that students can speak with confidence to their prospective universities regarding their A-level grades," External link

bbc Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "This will mean - and I have received assurances from Ucas and universities - that students can speak with confidence to their prospective universities regarding their A-level grades," External link

bbc Thursday, August 13, 2020 3:45:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "In building on that completed work, I am giving a guarantee that a learner’s final A-level grade cannot be lower than their AS grade," External link

southwalesargus Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:30:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Becoming a first time mum in this pandemic was really frightening but all the midwives were very supportive and there every step of the way. I can't thank them enough for making my experience of becoming a mum unforgettable and for helping bring our beautiful boy into the world" External link

southwalesargus Monday, August 3, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Our support for 16 to 19 age students aims to ensure students beginning courses in September are not disadvantaged by the disruption they faced earlier this year," "It is [also] part of our wider measures to ensure we have a skilled workforce that will drive forward the economic recovery from the coronavirus" External link

bbc Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:22:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "I cannot ignore the significant disruption to education caused by COVID" External link

southwales-eveningpost Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams added : "I cannot ignore the significant disruption to education caused by COVID" External link

icWales Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "On the issue of fines for parents, we want children to be back in September but I recognise there may be some lingering concerns so, initially, we will not be imposing fines on parents who choose not to send their children back. " External link

icWales Friday, July 10, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "We are certainly not putting children lives at risk," External link

icWales Friday, July 10, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "I think parents can be confident about sending their children back in to school," External link

icWales Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "Schools will return to full capacity with only limited social distancing within contact groups," "At full operations, a contact group should consist of around 30 children. Some direct or indirect mixing between children in different contact groups will also be unavoidable. "Schools will be required to minimise the risk of transmission by taking other mitigating measures. Social distancing for adults should remain in line with the regulations and guidance" External link

bbc Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : "With regards to September, what we expect is the opportunity to maximise face-to-face learning and to minimise the disruption to children's education as a result of Covid-19," External link

icWales Tuesday, July 7, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams told : "I am currently awaiting a final piece of scientific advice," External link

icWales Tuesday, July 7, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Kirsty Williams said : “We’re all trying to deal with these wicked problems of how you manage in this pandemic. I don’t criticise decisions that other people have made. We’re focusing on what is right for Wales and what is possible in Wales” External link

msn-uk Monday, June 29, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary42.95%EN11/21/201721/11/2017
education secretary20.85%EN11/21/201721/11/2017
secretary for education7.21%EN11/20/201720/11/2017
pilot0.31%EN10/24/201724/10/2017
education cabinet secretary0.31%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
cabinet secretary0.31%EN08/21/201721/08/2017
leader21.00%EN05/16/201716/05/2017
minister2.04%EN01/31/201731/01/2017
education minister1.72%EN12/18/201618/12/2016
current education secretary0.16%EN12/18/201618/12/2016
democrat0.16%EN10/14/201614/10/2016
colleague0.16%EN10/07/201607/10/2016
liberal democrat cabinet secretary0.63%EN09/12/201612/09/2016
new education secretary0.47%EN08/20/201620/08/2016
secrétaire0.31%FR07/22/201622/07/2016
democrat education secretary0.16%EN06/05/201605/06/2016
member0.16%EN05/18/201618/05/2016
democrat leader0.47%EN11/27/201327/11/2013
liberal0.16%EN11/20/200720/11/2007
spokeswoman0.31%EN04/02/200502/04/2005
liberal democrat0.16%EN04/02/200502/04/2005
Names Lang Count
Kirsty WilliamsEN99.77%
Kirsty WilliamsFR0.23%
Kirsty WilliamsES0.00%


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