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


If teachers are asked to work more hours during the day they’re bound to expect a pay rise. Sure, many volunteer to stay behind to run clubs and after school activities anyway, but if their contracts changed overnight they might not be happy. If professional teachers dislike this change, the government would have to train new people to cover the additional hours and this would be expensive. Moreover, children need something to do during this extra time which means a revamp of the national curriculum or money to invest in new resources.

Hungry children
If the gap between lunch time and home time increases, children are going to get hungry. Little ones with rumbling tummies are not productive so the school would have to provide food or ask parents to pack bigger school lunches. This will impact financially on the education sector and might upset families who routinely eat in the early evening. As well as keeping kids fed and watered, there must also be adequate breaks to ensure they don’t get bored. A longer school day could disrupt the usual routine of family life.

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  1. “Primary school kids will struggle to function properly for a fuller day”

    When I think about this statement I am immediately drawn to your private day nurseries. Some of these open at 7am and run till at least 6 at night. Often children will arrive at this time and leave relatively close to 6. While I don’t agree with such long hours for our under 5s they adapt and I believe if the school day was extended older children would adapt too.

    Now you may comment that in these circumstances children are brought into a play based centre where they would have a nap; where there is little expected learning when compared to a school. Yet, many Pre-School children do not nap; nurseries still have a curriculum to follow; practitioners still need to record children’s development and in very simple ways children’s abilities are being tested. I don’t necessarily see a difference.

  2. Change 2 A year-round school calendar of four twelve-week terms with 4 plus 2 hour days for Secondary Education will improve learning and decrease cost. The U.S. has the best universities in the world and students only have 15-20 fifty-minute class periods per week. Our most successful students also have structured unstructured time for labs to apply knowledge or get involved with skill improving extracurricular activities. Germany schools produce the world’s most productive workers and more than half her students finishes at 1 PM. A 4 plus 2 day has four 50-minutes traditionally structured classes in a row and two hours of structured unstructured time when a student’s Individualize Curriculum is determined. Students can work, take more academic classes, volunteer, create a group to compete for academic prizes, attend career-focused academies, play sports or let American ingenuity provide relevant learning experiences.

    • ciara i disagree with you i think school should start at your time so students don’t have to wake up early to get ready for school.

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