There are many reasons for and against keeping schools open longer – it’s a burning issue and the debate is guaranteed to rumble on and on. While it’s tempting to retreat into the old adage of ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’, that’s stale thinking and we shouldn’t turn away from progress if it can genuinely help.
Clearly, a longer school day has implications for parents, teachers and students. A more sensible decision might be to bring longer school days in for pupils in secondary education. Primary school kids will struggle to function properly for a fuller day, but teenage students could benefit from longer hours and especially in the run down to exams.
Not only that, if older students are in school until 5pm, it can only help them in preparation for the day they enter the world of employment, where such hours are standard.
This article was written by freelance writer Sophie Davidson, Sophie is passionate about providing engaging content and has featured in a number of online publications.