Longer School Day for Children?
Do you think your child’s school day should be extended to allow more time for activities such as art and sport? Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce his plans to make the school day longer to make time for children to take part in extracurricular activities.
Schools will have the opportunity to bid for extra funding to cover the cost of after school activities, however the funding may only be able to cover 25% of schools, leaving some children with more opportunities than others. Head teachers are claiming that most schools already offer pupils more than just standard academic lessons, with many running extra revision classes and after school clubs. The new plans could mean that our children will have a greater choice of extracurricular activities to take part in and many will have the chance to try out a new activity.
As well as longer hours, schools will now be encouraged to convert to academies, with all schools set to be removed from local authority control. Since 2010 many schools have already converted to academies and many received extra funding for doing so.
Do you think your child would benefit from having a longer school day to take part in extracurricular activities? Let us know in the comment box below!