We want your views on our proposal to make changes the school day from September 2017.
A summary of proposed changes to the school day are as follows:
- Break reduced to 15 minutes from 20 minutes.
- Lunch reduced to 35 minutes from 40 minutes.
- Lessons reduced to 50 minutes from 60 minutes on Wednesdays on Week A.
Why change the school day from its current format?
As you are aware we made changes last year which aimed to address the following priorities:
- A timetable which gives the best possible learning opportunities for students.
- Ensuring that students enjoy a calm lunch break with adequate facilities to sit for lunch.
- The safety of students during dark winter months.
- Exemplary behaviour and discipline.
In summary, the feedback to the changes we made previously have been overwhelmingly positive. Therefore, in considering making changes to the school day we have taken the following priorities into account:
- Exemplary behaviour and discipline
There is still time at the end of breaks and lunch where the students are not occupied and would be better served returning to lessons.
- Ensuring a better learning experience for all students.
We want to create time for a training programme where we can collaborate with colleagues to ensure we develop our teaching skills in order to become world class.
We would gain one hour, once a fortnight, by altering the day so we teach five 50 minute lessons instead of five one hour lessons. So, for pupils, school would finish at 2.15pm once a fortnight. This would be on Wednesdays in Week A only. On all other days, including Wednesdays on Week B, school would finish at 3.05pm. We have a huge variety of after school clubs and study sessions which would be extended further to take place after school.
Under National Teachers’ Pay and Conditions teachers are expected to attend one hour of meetings a week after school. We propose to allocate additional time, in effect period 5 on Wednesday Week A on top of the national expectation to training.
The Teaching and Learning Development Time in Week A would be used for:
- Collaborative planning: Developing learning and teaching skills and resources within subject areas;
- Professional Learning Communities to develop Outstanding Practice;
- Coaching; Cross-subject collaborative development;
- Whole staff Training, e.g. Gifted and Talented, Literacy and Numeracy, Stretch and Challenge;
- Differentiation and Support Staff Mentoring development.
Advantages of the proposal
- Increased quality of our students’ learning because of our better teaching;
- Frequent and regular dedicated time to improve our teaching skills;
- Time for teams to work together especially with Additional Needs Specialists (ANS).
We have spoken to the bus companies and they can accommodate these new times.
I would welcome your views on the new arrangements. If you would like to comment or have any suggestions or observations then please use the form below to comment. Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017.