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Longer school days on way as George Osborne vows to scrap 3.30pm home time watch

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    Hold on a second..... You SERIOUSLY think that extending the school day will INCREASE the number of murders and kidnappings. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?

    Increasing the school day will DECREASE the number of crimes being committed as those who are likely to commit these crimes will be in school and will be better educated to an extent that they realise that crime is wrong thus resulting in a reduction in crime rates.
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    I went to Landau Forte and school was from 8.30 till 4.45 up till year 9 then year 10s finished at 4.50 and year 11 and up finished at 5pm (mostly to stop blockage and car jams from parents), I like it as I didn't have to do homework and it got me in the habit of longer hours for college, working and university. if they scrap the 3.30pm finish time they should make it like my school did and have a tutor group period in the day for half an hour to help with studying and little to no homework.

    I think my teachers only managed school okay because they never had piles of homework to mark each night so I cant imagine how badly other teachers that do have to mark being forced to teach another hour or so
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    I wouldn't have the energy by the end of the day. I have 6 lessons lasting 50 minutes and even that drains me. I can't concentrate on anything after 7:30pm.
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    (Original post by MalayHKG)
    Hold on a second..... You SERIOUSLY think that extending the school day will INCREASE the number of murders and kidnappings. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?

    Increasing the school day will DECREASE the number of crimes being committed as those who are likely to commit these crimes will be in school and will be better educated to an extent that they realise that crime is wrong thus resulting in a reduction in crime rates.
    What? I wasn't saying that the murders / kidnappings that happen are students? And please tell me how increasing school days are gonna stop the "potential kids" from skipping school or leaving mid-way?
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    (Original post by RF_PineMarten)
    Those can easily be provided as an optional extra for those who want or need it, without forcing it on those who don't, and without lengthening the school day for everyone. Most if not all schools already do after school activities. It supposedly not adding to lesson hours doesn't make it any less a bad idea.
    I guess thats a new thing as that never happened when I was at school and I am age 30, any after school things were for the "best" which meant only middle class kids were given them.

    And schools had only at the time changed from 4.30 finishes only a year or two before I began and even at 3.30 finishes I didn't get home till 4.20 and I survivted no problem.

    The only problem I would have with that is transport, we used to live in the countryside so only had 1 bus that was overcrowded so any non pupils were often turned away.
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    I think it's a bad idea.

    It would probably work for a minority of students, and that's providing the extra time was used to do things the students already do, i.e. homework, exercise etc.

    I, along with a lot of other students have pretty busy schedules; between GCSE revision, homework, school itself, extra-GCSE's done outside of school and even part-time jobs; there's honestly little time to relax, socialise, and even sleep.

    So it's clear that there's no room for extra work, but I think some people would benefit from having allocated time to get some of the work done at home, in school. This is because I definitely appreciate how the working environment of a school is far more productive than my desk in my room, on which my gaming pc is sat right in front of me.

    However I also understand that not everyone works this way, some people really dislike coming to school and if you want any chance of getting them to do homework, they need a change of scenery at the least.

    In addition, seeing as quite a few schools (though not all) offer a space to go for a few hours after school to do work, there being extra mandatory time seems useless.

    In conclusion, the extra time at the end of a school day would be forcing people who could, and likely would spend the extra time in school anyway, along with disruptive people who not only wouldn't enjoy being there, but wouldn't benefit from it. Not to mention, of course, the fact that if the extra time was used to do additional work, students would be even more busy and even more stressed than they already are.
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    (Original post by RiceCakes924)
    I think it's a bad idea.

    It would probably work for a minority of students, and that's providing the extra time was used to do things the students already do, i.e. homework, exercise etc.

    I, along with a lot of other students have pretty busy schedules; between GCSE revision, homework, school itself, extra-GCSE's done outside of school and even part-time jobs; there's honestly little time to relax, socialise, and even sleep.

    So it's clear that there's no room for extra work, but I think some people would benefit from having allocated time to get some of the work done at home, in school. This is because I definitely appreciate how the working environment of a school is far more productive than my desk in my room, on which my gaming pc is sat right in front of me.

    However I also understand that not everyone works this way, some people really dislike coming to school and if you want any chance of getting them to do homework, they need a change of scenery at the least.

    In addition, seeing as quite a few schools (though not all) offer a space to go for a few hours after school to do work, there being extra mandatory time seems useless.

    In conclusion, the extra time at the end of a school day would be forcing people who could, and likely would spend the extra time in school anyway, along with disruptive people who not only wouldn't enjoy being there, but wouldn't benefit from it. Not to mention, of course, the fact that if the extra time was used to do additional work, students would be even more busy and even more stressed than they already are.
    This rule is just being enforced by a bunch of tory public school boys, who want to plebs to spend as long at school as they did? I wouldn't be a pupil again, i tell you!
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    For me school finishes at 3:05, but I have after school clubs every night, two of them for extra GCSEs that finish from 4 to half past. If there was an extra hour every night I wouldn't get home until half 5. I have to go to my grandmas until 6 because my mum doesn't finish till 6 so there wouldn't be much point of starting long homeworks. I take a while with my homework because I often do rough then write it in neat. I wouldn't get time to do homework to my best standard because I already sometimes have to stay up late at night finishing it and sometimes I get up early on a morning. And it's not just me. If we have to do an extra hour everyone will be fed up and won't learn anything so it will just be a waste of time.
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    My school already finishes at 5 to four, and I only get home at 5.20 - then I have to rush to do homework before going to sports, drama etc. It's fine encourage more extracurriculars but it shouldn't at the expense of our free time (which I basically have none of already)


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    this is my last yr so im fine
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    I finish at 3:50 anyway lol
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    Good thing I'm in my final year then, pull outta school game strong
    Can't wait til GCSEs are over
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    (Original post by tolulah)
    My school already finishes at 5 to four, and I only get home at 5.20 - then I have to rush to do homework before going to sports, drama etc. It's fine encourage more extracurriculars but it shouldn't at the expense of our free time (which I basically have none of already)


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    I agree. My school is 8:30-4:40 on most days and some students don't get home until 6:30, in good traffic.
    Then we're expected to do at least 2 hours of revision, most do part-time work and extra-curricular activities? Don't forget 8-10 hours of sleep per night (though my school seem to insist that 6-7 is sufficient )

    If this is Mr Gove's best idea to increases the % of A grade students, maybe he should think about training teachers to be able to teach properly in the time that they're given? I know there are some fantastic teachers out there who are able to teach the entire syllabus but a large proportion either are unable to plan lessons efficiently or just cannot teach. Maybe allocate some more of the budget to training the latter?
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    (Original post by MalayHKG)
    Hold on a second..... You SERIOUSLY think that extending the school day will INCREASE the number of murders and kidnappings. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?

    Increasing the school day will DECREASE the number of crimes being committed as those who are likely to commit these crimes will be in school and will be better educated to an extent that they realise that crime is wrong thus resulting in a reduction in crime rates.
    My school finishes just before 17:00 and in the winter it can be VERY dark before most students get home. This year, there were a few muggings (luckily no kidnappings, though it's not unlikely with it being so dark) as students were making their way home.

    Since then, they've had multiple days off school to talk to the police/go to court/etc resulting in them missing out on A LOT of school - 7 lessons per day.
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    (Original post by lahorizon)
    I would be fine with it IF the teachers didn't already waste time with pointless tasks. Many teachers in this country simply do not know how to teach and waste countless hours. I wish I was homeschooled.
    My business and economics teacher is awful. We are all failing our economics gcse because he has 'more important things to do' .
 
 
 
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