From September, pupils at Forest Gate Community School in east London will be permitted to leave at midday on Fridays as part of plans for a “happier, more productive school”. iNews reports.
The change follows a similar experiment at a financial company in New Zealand, where switching to a four-day week led to a 20 per cent boost in productivity.
The school will remain open until 5pm for supervised study and talks from guest speakers, though attendance is optional, a letter to parents confirmed this week.
Forest Gate executive headteacher Simon Elliott said the school, which is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, should not see a change in its academic performance.
However the shorter hours will not mean staff have to slope off home. They will have the option of finishing early or spending the afternoon improving their teaching at professional development training, in the hope the new structure will lift the burden on overworked staff.
“The benefit to the students is that they we will be able to recruit, train and most crucially retain the very best teachers which means better quality of teaching in the classroom.”
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