Nine hour school day and fewer holidays: What do you think?

Extended school day and fewer holidays? Extended school day and fewer holidays?

Thursday, January 30, 2014
8:57 AM

Amid reports that MPs are considering introducing a nine-hour school day and cutting holidays to seven weeks a year, we want to know, what do you think?

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The new plans would see youngsters in school from 9am to 6pm and holidays cut from 13 weeks to seven.

As reported in the Sun, it would affect all children aged five to 18, and is aimed to boost education standards and reduce childcare costs for parents.

Christmas, Easter and summer holidays would be reduced to about two weeks in the hope of reducing stress for students and teachers.

Supporters of the scheme said the increased cost in staff wages would be made back in a fall in benefits and a rise in income tax from extra working parents.

What do you think? Would you like to see children spend more time at school? Or do you think school holidays should stay the same.

Let us know with your comments.

104 comments

  • This is outrageous! By the time we get home, have dinner, get changedwashed and do our homework, most our evening will be gone and most of us will be going to bed! How much time in one night do you think we have! We can't just have the weekends free; we need our evenings too! This isn't fair and it better not go ahead! More people won't do their homework if you do this!

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    Emma Tennant

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Well I won't be sending my children to school for 9 hours. It is ridiculous! So they will have to do adult working hours with annual leave only authorised for August. Whatever next?

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    els

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • If longer hours meant that "homework " could be completed at school, under supervision it would help. I remember being stumped and frustrated by some homework, particularly Maths, when a nudge in the right direction would have helped enormously. If the longer hours included more outdoor activity that would be fine. I feel that these proposals are more about getting mothers in full time employment than the children.Where are all these jobs? This particular government has time and time again classed the stay at home Mum as somehow inferior. In fact the stay at home Mum is the most important job bar none. An unsung heroinne.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • what a absolutely ridiculous idea!!!!!!

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    123456

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This is a stupid idea there is no point. Kids have social life's and also do clubs after school. You didn't think about those who get bullied at school. They would have to give us dinner aswell. Kids will be out join the streets all night. There would be a lot of moaning kids and know one will turn up to school. There obviously going to miss school.

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    Rebecca Moffat

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I had kids so that I could be a parent, I have chosen to support my kids, work less - not more. I work enough to support my family. I gave up teaching because it got in the way of my family - I didn't have kids to spend more time worrying about other peoples kids. BTW teachers do not choose school hours - the governing body of a school does. The 1999(I believe) education act determined the number of school sessions a school must teach for. Most teachers work far longer than 9-3.30 in my experience. Its a shame that comments need to attack rather than understand.

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    norwichjules

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Children are hungry when they come out off school now.really feel for the children .off today.love to know who's behind it all .got be someone with no life

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Hello,to be honest I'm a child myself and I think this is ridiculous.Are you seriously kidding me.This is pointing me off education more than I already am!? School days for me are long and boring enough as they are,And I HARDLY see my family!? Why do we never get a chance to voice our opinion.We might be young but we all deserve to speak.No no no,please don't let this crap idea happen.I do 7 hours for pity's sake.Shorter holidays?You have got to be kidding me.Noooooooo.Me being in Scotland they're short enough anyway...6weeks.I couldn't live with 4 or 3.You so realise some of us have long holidays which if this happened we couldn't do?!Leave.it.as.it.us.for.gosh.sake.

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    Amy Rose

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • daisy roots I went to comp school 9 to 4 had 1 hour dinner break and 2 half hour breaks also walked to school 1 mile respected my teachers and parents even though I didn't like school, got a clip round the ear. children are wrapped in cotton wool these days and speak to teachers and parents like dirt.

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    DAVE

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Maybe the MPs should look at their own hours first. Parliament is shut for six months a year. Apart from PMs question time, MPs play hour , the chamber of both houses only have a handful of MPs and Lords carrying out the most serious of debates. I know that they are really working their fingers to the bone on our behalf. That is why there are so many bars and restaurants in the Palace of Westminster to help them recover. Plus the near £ 6 million a year to subsidise their food an drink.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Alot off old people see this they going to be over the moon.as it keep kids from playing outside .this make there day you see

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I love the EN site, so happy it repeated my comment!

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    debsyn

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I think its a stupid idea I would only see my kids for 2 hrs a day cause I work 6pm till 11pm. This government really sucks

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    Dawn Manship

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • what about children who dont get to see there parents on a regular basis, what if theres no one to look after the kids after a nine hour school day its ok cause then that means we will have less time for homework because we will be to tyred?!!!

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    Emily Sherwood

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I might go with this if MP's promised to do the same hours and holidays...but I can't see it happening.

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    JEN

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What a stupid idea....i certainly will not be sending my children to school for 9 hours! they are 8 and 6 years old and are all ready tired when they finish school! sort your selfs out!

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    Kirsty Louise Lee-Ramsden

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • An extended school day is a great idea , but the increase should be graduated by age, with children over 12 working until 4 and those over 15 until 5 ( 6 is too late, children would be working longer hours than their parents!)The full day would allow time to improve education standards, and to prepare our children for the working environment. The reduced holiday is also to be applauded, but I suggest 4 weeks in summer, 1 week at Christmas, 1 week at Easter , with 4 day weekends for half term. These changes will make it easier for parents to go to work, allow more time for a quality education, and prepare school leavers for the working environment. I would be interest how many of those who have raised objections are teachers ! No doubt the teachers who are committed to raising education standards, will applaud some changes, whereas the few who are committed only to a job with good pay and 12 weeks holiday may be less enthusiastic. An extended day means we could possibly abolish the need for homework , at least for the under 15's, I suspect this would have the support of both parents and teachers. The longer day, would also mean that all children would need a good school lunch, so all schools would need kitchens, chartering staff, and a proper place to eat. Certainly the suggested changes are worthy of discussion and a trial.

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    John Leech

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Dont be fooled, this is not about education, this is about boosting the economy by getting more parents into work at the expense of children mental well being.

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    Crazy

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Why not pack children permanently off to school camps at birth? Then they can be properly indoctrinated away from their awful parents who can be better put to work. The sooner we get away fully from the idea of family life the better. The machine must be fed more efficiently!

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • If this went through I would give up teaching, not because I am not prepared to work hard, but I would not want my children, especially in primary school to go through such a long day. When is there time to play and be a child? This is crucial to build so many other life skills. It is not all about academic attainment. The pressure being put on children is untenable and one of the major factors in my daughter taking her life at 16, too much too young. As for teachers, I work an 80-90 hour week as it is and a 40 hour week each week of the holidays preparing for the next term as do many teachers I know. I never go out in term time and can't even visit sick family and friends due to the I increased workload there now is. Good teachers need energy to help children learn well. Who wants to be taught by a grump, exhausted teacher!

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    Doing our best

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Alot off old people see this they going to be over the moon.as it keep kids from playing outside .this make there day you see

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Lots of teachers on here I see. I think its a good idea. Too many holidays already as no sooner are they at school, they are on holiday and they forget what they have been taught. As I understand it as well, academies already have less holidays and longer hours, so the only ones against this will be those in council run schools. Question to the teachers. How does the present school system, with short hours and long holidays prepare kids for the outside world of work, where you would possibly have long hours and short holidays ?

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    "V"

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This is stupid.. 9 hour days :\.. uhm when am I suppose to clean the house?, or bath? dinner? homework? ( I'm training to be a teaching assistant)..and if you take away school holidays your going to kill every childs motivation.. I used to think.. need to do this so I don't have to come in during the holidays, take it away and I've lost my motivation.. speaking of which childrens motivation to do school work is normally dead about 3pm.. so highly doubt there going produce much any later than that, speaking of which how do you expect a teacher to mark 9 hours of work for the next day? ( in primary schools where they have the same teacher everyday)

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    Rebecca Maxwell

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Your childs first day at school 9 hours? maybe at the age of eleven a longer day,though they couldn't be blamed for falling into a sleep in class along with the teachers. my teacher used to fall asleep marking our work in the mid 1950s and she was the head teacher.Amazed we could even string a sentence together

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    grasshopper

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I'm sorry, but as soon as I read which newspaper was 'reporting' on this article, I picked up my salt cellar and started eating with a large spoon. I don't purchase that newspaper because I don't agree with their sensationalist approach to news. The government are losing touch with the common people, and should really learn from drip-feeding their journalist contacts with such controversial stories. I see a turn against Cameron next election if he continues with this approach. (I mean, if a member of the Cabinet lived in the Somerset Levels flooded area, would it REALLY have taken 4 weeks to respond with COBRA??! Mmmm.)

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    May G.

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Alot off old people see this they going to be over the moon.as it keep kids from playing outside .this make there day you see

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I have no objection to teachers retaining their 12 weeks holiday a year. However, the school year should be split into four terms each of 10 weeks, with four holidays each of three weeks. Additionally, I can't see a case for higher pay, but have nothing against performance pay, where justified by continuously-improving results. This solution will remove the need for longer school days, especially where breakfast clubs and after-school activities are offered. (IVOR R.HOSGOOD MBE).

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    IVOR HOSGOOD

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • how can u make young children go to school for 9 hours a day seriously all so u can get more money!!! I for 1 will home school my children if this ridiculous idea come in!!!!

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    123456

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • The school day is long enough as it is thank you very much. Do they really think this will motivate children or better their exam results? Did the MPs take into consideration that some children have to travel long distances to get to school? Lets hope this doesn't happen.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What happened to children being childrenthey already grow up so quickly why cant we just let them be that? My 5yr old is shattered by the time he comes home we do his home work and also read every night if we put them into school for longer hours you will not have a relationship with your child other than 2 days a week.

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    stacey morris

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Third attempt to get past the Redliners of Archant. This latest scheme by the MPs is about getting women back to work. not education. What jobs I do not know. Women should be encouraged to saty at home and be Mums. Most important job in the wordl bar none.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • the kind of people coming up with these ideas are the kid of people that pack their kids off to boarding school... I actually love my children and their company! family time is what we live for right? Dont we all need Family Love Time . So home school it will be for most FAMILYS!

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    Melanie Rosevear

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • No how am I suppose to get to my athletic clubs? Or even see family? The government say by 2050 every body will be obese well they we'll be if you keep kids locked up for 9 hours

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    Maisie Knighton

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • as a student myself I don't agree with this act, as by the end of a 5 day week, as the hours are now, I am always tired. also what will be done about homework? every night I get in with a lot of homework to do but I don't know how I would be able to fit it in if school hours were increased. I don't agree with the idea that by taking away nearly half the number of holidays and by increasing the school hours, will mean that students will get higher grades. another point being that students into their A levels and GCSE will not be able to revise as thoroughly as some people prefer to revise at home and how would they fit this in? my final point is that the younger generation will become more tired and 9 hours of school for a 5 year old is a lot.

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    Lucy_may

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Increase the number of teachers and make class sizes smaller for starters. Leave current hours and holidays alone.

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    becksy

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Why not just send the naughty ones back up chimneys as well? This is akin to working hours. Children would be entitled to more meal and rest breaks with equivelant 'smoking breaks' every hour (like adults do!). Ridiculous.

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    Mark Adams

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • i totally agree its crazy they will be opening work houses next wanting them to learn and work at the same time ??

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    jonny

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A DEMOCRACY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NATIONAL SOCIALISM SPRINGS TO MIND ??

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    jonny

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • What planet do these people inhabit? Quite apart from the other salient objections put forward social policy has already destroyed the old 9-5 (6) work culture so this proposal would actually create a nightmare where parents have been forced to adopt flexible work patterns.

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    guella

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I hope this don't happen .I love time with my grandchildren after school.think it's all wrong

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • when it happens i will be teaching my child at home which is my right this they can not stop you no matter what law they bring in they are trying to make every one work while they contol and manipulate your children for their next generation of slaves f them

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    Paul Hinkley

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Young children concentrating from 9am to 6pm??? I think not. Let's have realistic policies, not back of a fag packet nonsense.

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    The man on the Clapham Omnibus

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I see Norfolk Jonnny is at it again knocking teachers ! Be nice to see a positive comment from him. From my point of view I am not sure the majority of children would be up to such a long day but staggered to suit age and abilities would be a positive way forward.

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    Responsible parent

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Why is the child in the photograph wearing Jeans to school? things have changed!!!

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    Hugh

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Children are hungry when they come out off school now.really feel for the children .off today.love to know who's behind it all .got be someone with no life

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • From looking at the previous comments I would say that it might improve spelling, grammar and punctuation. Norfolk lags well behind other parts of the UK in terms GCSE and A level results but that is because many people seem not to value their 'free' education which actually costs many thousands of pounds for each child per year. I suspect that travel companies are rubbing their hands together in great anticipation!

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    Nelson

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I hope this idea is just badly communicated and not as reported. Other countries are already amazed at how short our state school holidays are (private schools have longer ones). Our younger children have long enough days as it is especially if we want them to pursue other activities. Our older children need to learn how to find things out for themselves rather than have 45 hours of going over the same stuff again and again. This will just be teaching the same subject matter but even slower than before. If anything children should be at school less to maximise concentration and get them working quicker not longer. Most adults have more than 7 weeks holiday and people get more done in shorter days anyway (law of diminishing returns). This idea smacks of state control and solving a problem that only affects a few children.

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I think it's a great idea. Norfolk schools are performing so badly that I think it's the least they can do. 13 weeks holiday is way too much.

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    samphirelover

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This is more ill thought out nonsense from MP's. For the under tens, this will mean the schools will have to feed them in the afternoon as well. We are faced with the forthcoming debacle of Clegg's initiative for children to have school dinners even thought there are not enough facilities to provide them. this will make it worse. MOST importantly, for very young children it will just be too much for them. No sooner will very tired children get home and it will be time for bed! What price their health, quality of life and family life too?? From a further practical point of view, there are not enough teachers, etc either so the costs will be too great. If MP's want more child care, then that is the issue to be addressed, not this ridiculous idea.

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    andy

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I think its a stupid idea I would only see my kids for 2 hrs a day cause I work 6pm till 11pm. This government really sucks

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    Dawn Manship

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • this is wrong in so many ways. no only are most children going to lacking sleep, they are going to be going into school moody which causes a whole heap of problems in its self. whats the point having children if we wont get to spend time on them. I love spening time eith mine, in summer we can go to the park etc. less sports will be played as no most parents will have there children home, feed and in bed. isn't this what we have been driving for for more children to join sports groups. more children will be late, sick days and teenagers will just have a full day to miss school. if a child is sick it means parents taking longer hours out of work to care for them. the list can go on and on. I do agree on shorter holidays, as this is hell for working parents, u may get less people not working as it will be easier for parents to get jobs. if not then would be a good idea for the government to have school holiday clubs at lower prices to cater for the small % that do work.

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    sarah

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • What goes on in the minds of these MPs? Another money making scam with no consideration for kids. If this does go ahead then MPs just think of the winter months when it will be dark when kids walk home. Unless you keep the GMT to summer time hours!! Save money and abolish OFSTED how many millions will that save you?

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    SallyK

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This is the stupidest idea!! Look at the high suicide rates of countries that make their children work long school hours.. they need down time....if they do this I will take my kids out of school and home school them!!

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    Kellie_Siddall

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I think most workers would complain if they had to work a 9-hour day, 5 days a week. What a stupid idea. And I can't imagine it will help children to learn more. They'll be too tired for one! Besides, you need some time to play, otherwise it's a pretty boring life. Maybe the number of holidays could be reduced a bit - but to only 7 weeks? Blimey, why not bring back workhouses while we're at it. I'm sure part of it has to do with the fact that many parents have to work until late and this will save on childcare - it's a similar ethos to The Free School in the city. Some parents will obviously see the necessity, but surely most will oppose subjecting their children to such a regime,I think most workers would complain if they had to work a 9-hour day, 5 days a week. What a stupid idea. And I can't imagine it will help children to learn more. They'll be too tired for one! Besides, you need some time to play, otherwise it's a pretty boring life. Maybe the number of holidays could be reduced a bit - but to only 7 weeks? Blimey, why not bring back workhouses while we're at it. I'm sure part of it has to do with the fact that many parents have to work until late and this will save on childcare - it's a similar ethos to The Free School in the city. Some parents will obviously see the necessity, but surely most will oppose subjecting their children to such a regime? And please don't anyone say it will enforce discipline in children if they have to work hard all day - I'm many more will be likely to bunk off instead!

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    debsyn

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • A stupid idea,that would mean children having a working day an hour longer than most adults . No child of five should be away from a parent that long for five days on the trot . I do agree with cutting school holidays but schools all over the country must be made to have holidays at the same time .

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    Reader

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I don't agree with much this government does BUT this will work because: This doesn't mean 9 hours of lessons but would incorporate other activities that would enhance main lessons and increase motivation. This is something kids in the private sector ALREADY get and is often credited in improving their confidence and social skills. The only difference is their parents pay for it!! Don't look a gift horse.........?

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Archant red lined my last comment. Why? Who knows, no bad words or offensive comments. All I said was that the " stay at home " Mum is regarded as second class by this government. She is fact the unsung heroinne and her job is the toughest and more essential than any other job. This latest ploy is simple to get women to work.What jobs ? Nothing to do with the education of children. What was wrong with that Archant?

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I think this is an unnecessary and cruel change. With 16 and under and 18 and under have capped work hours, why would it then be ok to create more hours of education? Speaking as a new student, children would be put off school. Less wold turn up, mor truency. They would not pay attention for a 9-6 day, less work done. And there would most likely be more anxiety and stress due to the lack of time to complete to homework, A levels etc. that are being taught, do to not having the time to do it. There would more likely be more enployed teenagers seeing as they would not be able to get a job with these school week hours. They could not compete in sport due to the times they would still be in school, and more importantly no time to relax, which is key to succeeding well: balance. And I do not see a balance with this proposed time table. Yes I understand the childcare costs and the boost in wages. Why not just increase teachers wages then? This is a ridiculous idea and is a classic case of the government trying to fix something that IS NOT BROKEN.

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    Jessamyn Read

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Children are hungry when they come out off school now.really feel for the children .off today.love to know who's behind it all .got be someone with no life

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I have no objection to teachers retaining their 12 weeks holiday a year. However, the school year should be split into four terms each of 10 weeks, with four holidays each of three weeks. Additionally, I can't see a case for higher pay, but have nothing against performance pay, where justified by continuously-improving results. This solution will remove the need for longer school days, especially where breakfast clubs and after-school activities are offered. (IVOR R.HOSGOOD MBE).

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    IVOR HOSGOOD

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What happened to children being childrenthey already grow up so quickly why cant we just let them be that? My 5yr old is shattered by the time he comes home we do his home work and also read every night if we put them into school for longer hours you will not have a relationship with your child other than 2 days a week.

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    stacey morris

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Wrong,wrong,wrong on so many levels. Kids need to be kids and do not need ' preparing for the outside world of work' . They need to have a balance in their young lives. As a working mam I want to be able to enjoy the after school time with my child . Better child care support would enable more parents to balance work and children. Tory dipsticks!!!!!!

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    Joanne Fern

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • absolutely NO WAY. My child will not be attending school anymore if they pull this stunt. It's high time the ptb realise that the more they push our youngsters when they are not ready, the less they will achieve

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    catalonia13

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What happened to children being childrenthey already grow up so quickly why cant we just let them be that? My 5yr old is shattered by the time he comes home we do his home work and also read every night if we put them into school for longer hours you will not have a relationship with your child other than 2 days a week.

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    stacey morris

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Nasty, that is what I think. A nasty proposal from a government department run by a nasty Minister and MPs who are too close to companies running academies. Education has become never mind the quality feel the width and is becoming nightmare-ishly over controlled. Read about Soviet bureaucracy and there are chilling echoes in the way schools are falling into line with policies which professionals should know are not best for children. There will be many people reading this who, like me, went to high school in the 60s and had a school day of 8.50am to 3.50pm with at least an hour for lunch and two short breaks ( a civilised day) and a Wednesday afternoon off. There will be others who had roughly the same day but a Tuesday afternoon off and a Saturday morning in school.Still not a nine hour day and we did not do too badly. And our schools found time for extra curricular activities and the little things that enrich children's school days.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • More anti family legislation !! with two people needing to go out to work to manage finances,this is an easy way out for the government.Chidcare for working parents should NOT be the responsibility of our schools

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • i like your comment about a boost in wages MORE TAX FOR THE GOVERNMENT SPRINGS TO MIND !!

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    jonny

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • It is obvious that there are a few teachers posting on here! Why aren't they teaching?

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Nasty, that is what I think. A nasty proposal from a government department run by a nasty Minister and MPs who are too close to companies running academies. Education has become never mind the quality feel the width and is becoming nightmare-ishly over controlled. Read about Soviet bureaucracy and there are chilling echoes in the way schools are falling into line with policies which professionals should know are not best for children. There will be many people reading this who, like me, went to high school in the 60s and had a school day of 8.50am to 3.50pm with at least an hour for lunch and two short breaks ( a civilised day) and a Wednesday afternoon off. There will be others who had roughly the same day but a Tuesday afternoon off and a Saturday morning in school.Still not a nine hour day and we did not do too badly. And our schools found time for extra curricular activities and the little things that enrich children's school days.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • With so much anti family sentiment by various governments over the years,and two people working to manage finances,this is now a easy way out for childcare costs.This should not be the burden for Schools to carry !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • To quote "V" "Question to the teachers. How does the present school system, with short hours and long holidays prepare kids for the outside world of work, where you would possibly have long hours and short holidays ?" Well he or she can answer that by how successful he or she did at school..unless they didn't go thorough the system!

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    Responsible parent

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • It looks like they want to turn the State Education System into a childminding service

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    Sunflower

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • are you all mad who agrees with this doesnt any one want to be with their children anymore anyone who wants their child at school for 9 hours a day shouldn't have had children at all children are the most beautiful creation in the world and we have all been them lets stop trying to erase childhood the school day is long enough life is for living not for working yourself to death and not seeing your children grow up what will happen if it goes ahead kids go to school at 9am mam or dad picks kids up at 6pm they have their evening meal and go to bed what life is that NO LIFE AT ALL they will want kids at school on a weekend next !!

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    jonny

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • why why why is this government of ours who should actually be wearing black uniforms !! trying to compete with communist countries who make their children go to school nearly all day and have hardly any holidays why why why do the government think our children need more education are they all going to be brain surgeons !! i don't know what the next generation will be like but it seems most of the kids will be fat as pork pigs and un healthy if they stay at school all day they sure will be and when they finish school what are they going to do theres no jobs now so when our children leave school there will be even less jobs and thats fact what we need to do is leave the system alone and stop every tom dick and harry coming to the uk for a easy ride then there may be some jobs in the future and regarding parents who work full time and want their kids to stay at school longer DO WE WORK TO LIVE OR DO WE LIVE TO WORK ??

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    jonny

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A DEMOCRACY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NATIONAL SOCIALISM SPRINGS TO MIND ??

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    jonny

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I think its a stupid idea I would only see my kids for 2 hrs a day cause I work 6pm till 11pm. This government really sucks

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    Dawn Manship

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Stupid idea .... forgetting about the side of parents not seeing their kids as much ... what of the children who suffer from medical conditions and already struggle physically to cope with a normal school day ... how will these children and parents cope with consequences of this.

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    Alexi

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • An excellent idea! Extend the school day and do away with homework. Also cut the holidays to two weeks at Christmas and a week at Easter and then let parents choose another four weeks that they can take their child out of school on holiday if they wish. This would stop the constant moaning by parents about the cost of package holidays during the fixed school holidays. The teachers could then get the fixed three weeks and another two weeks to take whenever they wanted.

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • many people are correct its about the tories wanting more cash in the coffers nothing more nothing less they don't give a monkeys about your kids the rich are getting richer and the poorer are getting poorer the tories are trying to brush the disabled under the carpet and hope they all die and they want us all to work till nearly 70 years old so on the day we leave work we die so they don't have to pay us a pension this country is going back to victorian times not forward at all i really now do class the tories as black coats in disguise !!??

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    jonny

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • They'd be putting in longer hours than most MP's!!

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    Andy T

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • According to the Guardian, this is simply a suggestion on a personal blog by a former Tory head of policy development. MPs are not considering it.

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    galrita

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Why not pack children permanently off to school camps at birth? Then they can be properly indoctrinated away from their awful parents who can be better put to work. The sooner we get away fully from the idea of family life the better. The machine must be fed more efficiently!

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This is a completely ridiculous idea. Firstly, in regards to John Leeches comment, how is a 1 week holiday at Christmas enough? Consider the fact that Christmas day and New Years Eve (both important dates on the calendar) are on 2 separate weeks, so how would these fit in? It seems to me that anyone agreeing with this think its a fair idea, however if they were put into the situation where they were facing 9 hour days and only 7 weeks holiday they would have a bit more to say about it! Another very important factor, as someone coming from a seaside town which survives purely on the revenue from holiday-makers in the summer, the shortened summer holidays would surely ruin many businesses in towns like the one which I live in. Pubs and cafes would be forced to close, and the towns would become deserted. I am currently in my second year of University, after going through the school system and have found that I survived perfectly well in school and attained the grades I needed to continue into higher education, whilst also having a great time in the process! The longer hours at school and fewer holidays would surely result in unhappy students, and actually giving them a MORE stressful life rather than 'less stressful'. In my studies, I have been looking at becoming a teacher but am certain that if this plan goes ahead I will definitely choose a different career path, and I think many other young people would agree with me on this!

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    lily321

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I have no objection to teachers retaining their 12 weeks holiday a year. However, the school year should be split into four terms each of 10 weeks, with four holidays each of three weeks. Additionally, I can't see a case for higher pay, but have nothing against performance pay, where justified by continuously-improving results. This solution will remove the need for longer school days, especially where breakfast clubs and after-school activities are offered. (IVOR R.HOSGOOD MBE).

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    IVOR HOSGOOD

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I'm a student and I think this is very dumb to be honest. You might as well send us to boarding school! And holidays I defiantly disagree because during the summer holidays I have a religious thing called fasting and it's hard to go to school when your fasting ALL DAY. You try it and see if it easy for you because it's not. Also I have to go to my holy place to read my holy book for an hour and a half and by the time you come back you can't even sit with your family's. I'm sure all parents and students will agree with this because it's shocking the your going to send little kids for 9 Hours a day.... You people don't even listen to us. We're humans weather you like it or not. WE SHOULD HAVE A SAY!! So if your still going to do this go ahed because don't expect us students to come to school rather be homed school. So read all the comment and get it into your heads!!!!!!

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    Ahsan Iqbal

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Bad idea. The purpose of schools is to educate and not to provide a child-minding service. School times should be no more than 6 to 7 hours in total.

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I also agree it is a bad idea to expect children to endure a 9 hour day at school. The last 2 years of school, perhaps from the age of 15, should be 9-5 - but include time for what is now termed as "homework" - then the young people would be able to leave their learning materials at school. 8 hours a day could prepare seniors in schools for a full day at their future workplaces then.

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    Lynda Edwards

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I think this is a great idea. This will bring state schools in line with private schools and academies who already have longer hours. Those who seriously think the children will be worked like slaves are kidding themselves, it is obviously a long time since they have been taught. This will give an extra hour or half hour to each lesson which is crucial, i would have loved extra time in the classroom. Kids and Teachers are only under pressure because they have to try and fit such a detailed curriculum into a ridiculously short period of time and you have to keep stopping half way through for holidays, the kids forget and get out of rhythm, you then wait a week or two for them to get back to learning. I noticed the comment about homework, maybe this extra time means less actual homework but that kids are just asked to think about what was learnt and maybe think of one question to ask in the next lesson. From what I understand this extra time will also mean the encouragement of extra curricular activities such as sports, music and hobby like activities. Surely having kids interacting and being interested in things is better than them getting home at 3:30 and sitting on the xbox. This I believe will help our future society be better well educated and rounded individuals and surely this can only be a benefit to us all.

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    Emz

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What a brilliant idea, better still just let the little aliens come home at weekends.

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    gerry mitson

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • as a student myself I don't agree with this act, as by the end of a 5 day week, as the hours are now, I am always tired. also what will be done about homework? every night I get in with a lot of homework to do but I don't know how I would be able to fit it in if school hours were increased. I don't agree with the idea that by taking away nearly half the number of holidays and by increasing the school hours, will mean that students will get higher grades. another point being that students into their A levels and GCSE will not be able to revise as thoroughly as some people prefer to revise at home and how would they fit this in? my final point is that the younger generation will become more tired and 9 hours of school for a 5 year old is a lot.

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    Lucy_may

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This is a rediculous idea I'm a working mother and I would never see my kids if u did this I would be a pointless mother us mothers are not incubators for u to stick kids in to school so u can make us ur slaves we are human and we want time with hour kids even though u don't and u send yours to boarding school I love my family time and my kids teas are ready T 5 o'clock every day which I enjoy making so keep ur opinions to ur self and don't even think about doing this with school hours other wise my kids will be out if school quicker than you can say boo. And so many parents disagree with this and if you don't look at this closely it just sures how much you listen to us. Fair enough cut school holidays they get far to many anyway cut the 6 weeks to 4 weeks and Easter holidays to 1 week Christmas 2 weeks cause of Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Half terms shouldn't exist unless it's for 2 days u know this makes sense if anything think I should be in ur place I would do much better job and better ideas than what stupid ideas u lot come up with I have the right to self teach my kids at home and that's what I will do if this comes in to action rant over.

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    Lilkel82

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • how can u make young children go to school for 9 hours a day seriously all so u can get more money!!! I for 1 will home school my children if this ridiculous idea come in!!!!

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    123456

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Good idea, then do away with homework, better education

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Is this a joke, It was the teachers in the first place who reduced the school day to a ridiculously short time because the poor dears couldn't cope with all those nastty children for a normal working day claiming they were over worked. I come from the era of school day 0830-1630 and 40 pupils per class and we left school able to read & write and calculate using tables who the powers that be recently deemed to be of no value. well! serve you all right you now have the children you deserve,illiterate and ignorant!

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    John Beevis

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I had kids so that I could be a parent, I have chosen to support my kids, work less - not more. I work enough to support my family. I gave up teaching because it got in the way of my family - I didn't have kids to spend more time worrying about other peoples kids. BTW teachers do not choose school hours - the governing body of a school does. The 1999(I believe) education act determined the number of school sessions a school must teach for. Most teachers work far longer than 9-3.30 in my experience. Its a shame that comments need to attack rather than understand.

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    norwichjules

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • what a absolutely ridiculous idea!!!!!!

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    123456

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Teachers are obviously commenting on this article because it is they whose lives will be destroyed by this ridiculous idea if it were to be enforced. No one, other than teachers and their families, knows the HOURS spent after the actual school day on planning , preparation and marking. When would teachers have time to do this? Many teachers spend at least 30 minutes travelling to work and would not get home until 7.pm As many teachers are women (the profession would be lost without them )with children , the implications on family life are disastrous. Anyone who thinks this is a good idea need a lobotomy!

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    maty h

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • It would appear that, yet again, the government fails to appreciate the difference between quality and quantity.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I personally think it's an awful idea and I'm not even a parent. It doesn't matter how long you're kept in school, if you don't want to learn then you won't. Keeping children in for 3 more hours won't change their mind about education. Infact they might even resent it. Plus, school for 9 hours prevents the important bonding between children and their parents. And as for "preparing them for a work environment" fair enough but if they get in to university then all of that will be undone by the fact they're barely there. I'm currently 3rd year in uni and I do about 3 and a half days. My longest day is 9-5 and that includes a 3 hour lab, 1 hour break and 2 more hours for lunch. Overall, I think it's a horribly inhumane idea to try and keep young children in for 9 hours. They will literally leave school and go hone to eat, do homework, bath and sleep. What kind of life is that?! School is stressful enough as it is without the extra 3 hours surrounded by people you don't like much to begin with. I was 9-3:30 at school and I've turned out fine. Perhaps they should be focusing on the quality of teaching and exams rather than the amount of time spent in a building.. As I said before, people who don't want to learn won't.. Regardless of how long they're forced to be there. It will encourage more 4th and 5th year leavers in my opinion.

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    Rhiannon Williams

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Your childs first day at school 9 hours? maybe at the age of eleven a longer day,though they couldn't be blamed for falling into a sleep in class along with the teachers. my teacher used to fall asleep marking our work in the mid 1950s and she was the head teacher.Amazed we could even string a sentence together

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    grasshopper

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • A stupid idea,that would mean children having a working day an hour longer than most adults . No child of five should be away from a parent that long for five days on the trot . I do agree with cutting school holidays but schools all over the country must be made to have holidays at the same time .

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    Reader

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • There is enough pressure on young children today as it is by giving them target minimum grades learning to cope with changes, becoming an adult, deciding which collegeuniversity etc so many children are in turmoil some do not have the support necessary to cope and end up turning to horrible coping measures. The teachers themselves are stressed enough doing the hours they do now. Surely this will only increase their stress which reflects onto the students. we should be looking at the way in which they are taught now in the school day that already exisits. They are only children after all!

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    melanie scarff

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • this is not right i go to school i learn plenty in the hours we have, children that are younger may go to sleep at 6 and need tea early, i have to walk home and i would get home at 7. We need to do activities outside of school and spend time with our families, homework aswell we wont have time to do homework! Children will get tired and moody which will make their learning attitude worse, also when we walk home in the winter it will be pitch black which isnt safe at all, we get fined if we go out of school and now they are going to make school hours longer and less holidays! Also teachers will have to stay over to have meetings, to mark work and planning lessons and they will get home very late People may say it will improve our learning but 9 hours is to long. I will never get to see my family due to homework at weekends which i couldnt do after school, my mom is hoping to be a maths teacher which she is doing course work for and she said that she doesnt want to go into teaching if this happens, i am already tired enough after school some people say its lack of sleep but i get plenty of sleep so this isnt a good idea.

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    Lauren Pritchard

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • The real issue here is that parents need to parent their children and enjoy them and schools need to teach children during the current hours which are plenty long enough. There is no education system in the world that has just 7 weeks holiday pa for the very good reason that it would never produce the goods since anyone with real knowledge of teaching knows that good teachers never get 13 wks holiday anyway. As usual useless politicians trying to get cheap votes by disparaging the state sector (private sector gets much longer holidays and better results.......!) and revealing their amateurish knowledge of education which is a big reason why state schs do less well than they should.

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    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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