The school with breaks after every lesson and no phones

In Tes we take a look at how Bertha Park High in Perth and Kinross could be able to capitalise on starting from scratch, including its plans to have just four lessons every day and to give its pupils “brain space” after every class.

The school has introduced a “non-negotiable” mobile phone ban with pupils expected to store their phones in their lockers for the entirety of the school day, including breaks – but every pupil will receive an iPad free of charge to support their learning.

The school website also says that – while some schools charge for cooking ingredients and art supplies – all lessons will be free so “everyone has the same opportunities to access learning, irrespective of their background”.

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What do you think of the 4 lessons a day format? Do you think it will work? Do you like the sound of ‘brain space’ after every lesson? Should all schools be looking at alternative ways to run the school day? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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Comments

  1. Hi Tamsin
    The story from Perth seems a non story to me, in so far as we have breaks between the 3 morning sessions, and a longer afternoon given over mainly to games and arts afternoons, though the occasional single lesson pops up in the afternoon before or after a double 2 days a week.
    Phones are in lockers or at Reception. Chromebooks are everywhere, but only used as appropriate.

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