Education experts divided on 45-hour school week school improvement plan

Norwich Evening News 24 reports on disagreements at a Great Yarmouth primary school which is proposing a radical new school timetable – including a school day scheduled to end at 6pm for pupils aged 9 to 11 – as part of a move to academy status.

A troubled Great Yarmouth primary school is proposing a compulsory 45-hour week to help underachieving youngsters meet national curriculum targets.

Greenacre Primary School has gone through eight head teachers in as many years, lies in a deprived area of Great Yarmouth and has a historical reputation as a “failing” school among Yarmouth’s teaching community. So when new head teacher Bill Holledge, 33, took the reigns of the school in September 2011, he was determined to make quick improvements to shake this reputation and raise learning standards.

County council bosses suggested the school look at the academy route to improvement, and introduced Mr Holledge to multi-millionaire Theodore Agnew – a willing sponsor. Arrangements were made, and after a consultation process – which parents dispute – the academy move was announced last month along with radical changes to the school timetable. Under the new regime, the school day for pupils aged nine to 11 would end at 6pm as of September 2012. The extended day will include extracurricular activities from horseriding to IT, and supervised homework time.

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