The Welsh Government, in collaboration with the Plaid Cymru Senedd group, has announced plans to trial longer school days in schools particularly disadvantaged by the pandemic.
14 primary and secondary schools across Wales will trial an additional 5 hours of learning each week, over the course of 10 weeks. The scheme will receive up to £2 million pounds of funding. Headteachers will be able to decide what aspects of the curriculum are covered during these additional hours, as well as the method of delivery.
The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, said:
““We are committed to reducing educational inequalities and improving learner and staff well-being. … We are funding trial schools so that they can provide exciting activities around the school day, which can develop personal skills and resilience which will also impact on academic attainment. We will be working closely with schools and local authorities to evaluate the impact on learners and on staff.”
The Minister also announced plans to consult students, teachers and businesses about plans to modify the start and end dates of school terms.
“Reforming the school year could help to narrow the disruption caused by the long summer holiday on learners, narrow educational inequalities and to support learner and staff well-being.”