Extended school days could increase pressure on pupils

A compulsory lengthened school day could affect the family life of pupils and increase pressure, Department for Education research has concluded.

The ‘Extended Activity Provision in Secondary Schools’ report, looks at the views and attitudes of school leaders, teachers and parents in regards to an extended school day in secondary schools.

Responses to a compulsory extension of the school day were mixed as some staff and parents noted that there are some potential benefits, such as time to engage with life skills and enrichment activities, as well as an improved relationship with teaching staff.

However, the report also concludes that there are concerns that it would “impact on student pressure, fatigue, impact on family arrangements, students safety, as well as their involvement in activities within the community”.

Concerns among teachers included the impact on capacity, in particular with special schools, and any “resultant requirement to amend contracts”.

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