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Proposed Changes to the School Day from September 2019

Proposed Changes To The Timings Of The School Day – September 2019

The Governors would like to know your opinions before they make a decision on the way forward so please do not forget to complete and return the comments form by Friday 8thMarch and/or attend the drop in sessions on Wednesday 6th March in the SchoolHall
9.00am – 10.00am or
2.00pm – 3.00pm or ...
5.00pm – 6.00pm.

We have received a number of queries regarding the proposals - here is some further information which may help

Some Key Points:

The main reason for the schools wanting to implement these changes is to further raise standards and improve outcomes for learners across the school. This will be achieved by increased professional learning to up skill the whole workforce – in line with the new National Mission for Wales and New Curriculum. We want to establish a culture of inquiry, innovation and exploration where teaching approaches and interventions used in class are research and evidence based on an on going basis. This is a change to existing arrangements.

Also as a cluster of schools, we plan to pool resources to save training costs and get common practices in place.

Those children who cannot be picked up at the earlier times on a Friday will be supervised until 3.00 pm.

The intention is not to give teachers an afternoon off as has been mistakenly suggested by some. Teachers will have no change in their current contracted working hours – just in the way they work them.

If we cannot utilise Friday afternoons in this way then teachers will be end up being regularly taken out of class for training. Naturally this results in disruption for the children and supply teacher costs, both of which we really want to avoid.

This is a schools’ initiative which we wish to see implemented because we see real benefits for the children by improving their learning experiences and making them the best that they can be.

Thank you.

Mrs Yvonne Jones
Acting Head Teacher

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