School week changes in Wales could save money

The BBC is reporting that changing the school week to four longer days and a half day could save money, a report has said.

Those in favour of the system suggest the shorter fifth day would allow for more free time for pupils, which they could spend with family and friends, on after-school activities or attend appointments without missing lessons. Advocates also suggest it could improve staff well-being and free-up teachers for more training time.

But the report also said school staff with children attending schools which do not use the system might have issues with childcare, and that longer days could make pupils more tired.

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Education Secretary Llyr Gruffydd also said that experience in Scotland showed the four-and-a-half day week “can be made to work, creating space in the school timetable for pupils to broaden their extra-curricular experiences and for professional development opportunities for staff”. 

Darren Millar, education spokesman for the Welsh Conservatives, was against changing school hours. “Squeezing the school week into four longer school days would create huge challenges in terms of childcare; cause chaos and congestion by adding to peak time traffic; and hinder learning capacity, particularly for younger pupils, as children tire towards the end of the school day,” he said.

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