There is now a proposal to make the school day run from 9.a.m. until 6.00 p.m. for 45 hours a week for 45 weeks a year. When I first read this I thought it was windup but it appears that it is a serious proposal. School Holidays would be just 7 weeks a year. The plans, now being considered by the Tories as part of their Election Manifesto, were originated by David Cameron's former policy chief Paul Kirby. These plans would apply to all children in England between the ages of five and 18, and would be in time for the party's 2015 general election manifesto.
I thought it was important for children to have some leisure time, some time with their families, some time for organisations like Scouting, Guiding etc. in fact sometime to be children. And what about homework – would that be in addition? This plan, apart from increasing teacher’s hours which I’m positive they would quickly reject, provides no opportunity for children to actually be children.
Is this the brave new world that we are to be invited to support in 2015? What a terrible prospect for future generations.