Should the school day be extended? Pros and Cons of Keeping Pupils for Longer

As we all know, education is an essential part of life but do kids spend enough time at school? Should their day of learning be extended or are they already doing enough in class? This topic has been debated over the years, so Sophie Davidson takes a closer look at the pros and cons of keeping children longer.


More time to complete projects
Time flies during the day but with extended school hours teachers will be able to plan more thorough, varied and engaging lessons. They’ll be able to spend more one-on-one time with each student  and children will have more time to complete lengthier tasks like art projects and other classroom activities, and won’t be constantly hurried from one task to another. Schools can also use an online communication service like ParentMail to keep busy parents updated with their child’s progress and keep them informed with what’s going on in school.

Time to do homework
According to a cross-party group of MPs, white working class children are consistently underperforming at school. It’s been argued that longer school days would give them somewhere quiet and comfortable to do their homework and help them develop a more positive attitude towards education. With white boys and girls leaving school with worst qualifications than other ethnic groups, politicians are calling for urgent action to be taken.

Good for working parents
With the cost of living on the rise, many parents have to work. If schools stayed open until 6pm at night, caregivers would find it a lot easier to pick their children up without having to worry about childcare arrangements. There should also be no arguments about homework as it would have already been done and if the new, longer day included a range of extra-curricular sport activities after the core school hours, kids would hopefully be fitter and healthier.

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