They have effectively been on holiday for months.
Actually alot more stressful than usual. A full timetable on zoom plus parents evenings, talks and extra curricular activities all on zoom. In addition to reports and trying to plan gcse and a level assessments.
Apparently the reason we have long summer holidays is because in the past the children were needed to "bring in the harvest" and other such jobs which nowadays children would probably be banned from doing. So theoretically there's no need for such long holidays any more.
However, a long break is nice, because you can do things which aren't possible when at school. Such as photographing that class 56 that always comes past at 1000 on a Tuesday...
So I don't think shortening holidays is a good idea (although I would suggest that such long holidays do have a bit of a negative effect on capacity to learn in the first few days of returning in September (ie: going from nothing to 5 lessons a day)). It's good to have a break. That said, I would support the idea of voluntary clubs/activities run via schools, so long as the teachers are also volunteering to run the sessions!
I was being slightly humorous but I can't help noticing a large number of kids round my way out playing on school days.
Indeed it would. Best impose compulsory reservations on trains...Demand for summer holidays (and other activities) if the overall holidays to be shortened would be...interesting.
Yes, but there will be a fair minority of pupils who are treating the current situation as an extended holiday (although for most of them this will involve spending all day indoors playing on their PS4/Xbox/whatever, rather than being outside).As opposed to the playing they'd be doing at school in break times?
That's far too radical a solution to the problem! Surely you know better than to suggest such a thing...Williamson should resign and allow an actual adult come up with a coherent plan to help children catch up with the education they have missed.
But don't forget there is a large segment of the population (and most of them supporters of the Tory regime) who despise teachers and don't want them to have anything "nice".Also don't forget the holiday is for teachers too, who have been messed around even more than usual this year.
Hopefully this won’t be the case, but who knows with this government. I cannot see the benefit of lengthening school days at all. Bear in mind many teachers spend the rest of the day after the students have left for meetings, planning, marking, or teaching after-school clubs or lessons (yes, not all students go home at 3pm!).Now Gavin Williamson, has gone from bad to worse. He is "thinking"(I took the term lightly) to lengthen the school day as well as shorten holidays. Before we know it, industrial action ie. Strikes will take place and the DFE will not intervene.
The various posts above explain why people are so “up in arms” about it, and how it will be easier said than done to extend school days or term lengths.Not sure why people are so up in arms about it, if children's education isn't to suffer the only realistic options are to either extend the school day, extend the term or you ramp up the homework. Either way the kids will be doing more work to play catch up.
You can't put mental health below that though. If that means the children will be behind where they ordinarily would be then so be it. Material will have to be removed from the syllabuses, or the teacher-assessment system will have to continue for a few more years to alleviate the need to teach nonsense which is specific to the exams.Not sure why people are so up in arms about it, if children's education isn't to suffer the only realistic options are to either extend the school day, extend the term or you ramp up the homework. Either way the kids will be doing more work to play catch up.