Should the school day be extended?Watch
This is a suggestion that was made earlier in the pandemic as well, with some believing it could help with covid 'catch up' for students. But others think it could negatively impact things like mental health.
It's worth saying - this is only a suggestion at the moment, and Zahawi has only said he'll look into it, so don't worry about rescheduling all your afterschool clubs just yet.
But what do you think of the idea?
On a side note, whilst this is not something that is in the mainstream conversation yet, one major issue for high school students is not the length of the school day, but the time of the school day. Teenagers' body clocks are naturally set a number of hours later than adults, with the end result being that they simply aren't biologically ready to learn when the school day starts. There have even studies done that demonstrate pretty definitively that moving the high school day back so it starts and ends later but is the same length would have a significant positive impact on the ability of students to learn. I'm very much hoping that that because part of the conversation on education sooner rather than later.
Teacher workload is already high as it is. Not forgetting, many (new) teachers are quiting the profession because of this.
If the motive behind this were to help students learn more I believe that could be better accomplished at a lower cost by providing extra remedial training for teachers (not that all require it, but some certainly do) or greater spending on resources.
And that's without considering student mental health and free time, which I believe would be very detrimentally affected.
However, in terms of what I think will happen, as this would be a logistically difficult and expensive thing to implement, I doubt it'll get anywhere beyond empty words. Maybe the introduction of an optional nationwide after-school 'homework club' initiative could arise, but that's the most I see coming of it.
No, I don't think students would be able to concentrate for that long. They need their down time and time for other activities too. As a side note, I think they should shorten the working day (to support attention etc.), but that's another issue
Exactly! Also time for rest and the brain to process all the information! I remember just feeling completely drained and my head being full when I did my A Levels, would have been even worse with a longer school day
Yeah I found that. Even though there were more subjects for GCSEs, the depth of information is more for A Levels but still for multiple subjects. At uni I found my degree was stressful but at least I was focusing on one particular area (still different modules, but all related to one thing)