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When kids go back in September, should schools stay open till 4pm

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Lardlizard Mon 29-Jun-20 07:58:18

To allow kids to catch up and allow workers to catch up on work

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CallmeAngelina Mon 29-Jun-20 07:59:54


worzelsnurzel123 Mon 29-Jun-20 08:02:30

Yes definitely. One of my kids goes to a school which finishes later and it’s no problem for the kids. A lot of teachers will say the kids are too tired but I guess it depends on age and structure of teaching but mine has done it since early primary with no problem at all!

Wishforsnow Mon 29-Jun-20 08:02:57

Yes, can't see why not. The state school days are very short so 4pm should be easily doable

MasterGland Mon 29-Jun-20 08:03:54

Most schools already do. The library at my old school was open until 5, I think. There were also a variety of after school sessions held.

midnightstar66 Mon 29-Jun-20 08:04:18

No, we'd struggle to fit in all the after school stuff unless they ditched all homework

SunflowerProsecco Mon 29-Jun-20 08:04:29


pigeon999 Mon 29-Jun-20 08:04:57

Yes of course!

truebeliever Mon 29-Jun-20 08:05:30

No, children would not benefit as they are mentally tired by mid afternoon.

Ohfrigginghellers Mon 29-Jun-20 08:06:04

No they bloody shouldn't it's long enough

Iggly Mon 29-Jun-20 08:06:07

Yes but have more playtime. Kids are probably mentally tired because actually they don’t get decent breaks. 15 mins is not enough. (Lunch time aside)

In fact a longer day with more time for sports and arts/music would be ideal.

CrowdedHouseinQuarantine Mon 29-Jun-20 08:06:23

for how long?
2 months?

cptartapp Mon 29-Jun-20 08:06:29

They can for me. Year 11.

heartonastring Mon 29-Jun-20 08:06:39

Why though?

Lockdownseperation Mon 29-Jun-20 08:06:58

Ridiculous. Primary teacher already work 60 hours a week and secondary teacher 55 hours a week. For those extra 5 hours marking they will do 5 hours of planning and marking.

Do you think someone who is working 65 hours a week is working to the best of their ability?

Attictroll Mon 29-Jun-20 08:07:33


I also just heard on the news about welsh schools being open from today with only 1/3 of kid’s allowed in school at one time. What a hugely sensible approach compared to England.

Tyranttoddler Mon 29-Jun-20 08:07:34

Uncertain if it can go through this quickly. We changed the school day last year and it took ages. Obv things might be more easily changed in this scenario.
Selfishly, no, because I work an hour from. My daughter's nursery and have to collect by 5pm haha.

BumpkinSpiceBatty Mon 29-Jun-20 08:08:15

Why? Who is going to be caring for them for this extra time?
Teachers already go above and beyond their contracted hours as it is. They all have their own families and lives to get back to after a working day.

TiptoeStar Mon 29-Jun-20 08:09:42

@Lockdownseperation oh dear, 115 teaching hours a week between you and you still can’t spell (unless it’s meant to be ironic)

Xmasbaby11 Mon 29-Jun-20 08:10:40

No. Kids will be tired and it's unfair on teachers who already work long hours.

worzelsnurzel123 Mon 29-Jun-20 08:11:52


Why? Who is going to be caring for them for this extra time?
Teachers already go above and beyond their contracted hours as it is. They all have their own families and lives to get back to after a working day.

Clearly the teachers will as we are looking for extra teaching. Not a child minder . We need kids to catch up. The kids manage fine at my son’s school. The day just needs to be structured better.

Mintjulia Mon 29-Jun-20 08:11:54

No. Teachers already have enough to do and children will benefit from returning to normal, and having afterschool time to socialise with their friends.

DCIRozHuntley Mon 29-Jun-20 08:14:00

Erm, no. Kids are already at school for 30+ hours a week. Scrapping statutory testing and focussing on kids' mental health would be a far better use of everyone's time, not "catching up" with some arbitrary expectations or measurements of success.

MasterGland Mon 29-Jun-20 08:14:21

If you want the state school day officially lengthened, with formal teaching, then you must also expect there to be shorter terms. As in private. I teach in a private school. I teach 8.30 to 4 but have 3 weeks for Christmas and 8 weeks for summer.

coronabeer23 Mon 29-Jun-20 08:14:37

ours does anyway. 8.30 - 4

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