• Review of Stramongate School Operating Hours

Review of Stramongate School Operating Hours

Dec 9, 2022

To enable Stramongate School to comply with the Schools White Paper expectation that all schools will have a minimum length of school week of 32.5 hours by September 2023.

Stramongate School is undertaking a review of and amendment to it's operating hours.

It is proposed that, from 1 September 2023, the school start time will be brought forward to 8:45am for all children. The end of the day will remain at 3:15pm.  Please see below for a summary of the proposed changes.

We are now in a process of consultation, with parents, carers and staff, regarding these changes.

Drop-in sessions, providing an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with the head teacher, are being held in the Hub on Tuesday 15 November (8:45am and 2:45pm) and Friday 25 November (8:45am and :45pm).  Quesions may also be emailed to admin@stramongate.cumbria.sch.uk

Documents relating to this process and common questions and answers to these will be shared on this page.

Operating hours review - FAQ

What is the rationale for this?

The DfE believes that it is unfair that a child who receives 20 minutes per day less of teaching time loses out on around 2 weeks of schooling a year. They see the wider benefits of increased time for pupils, including more opportunities for learning, socialisation with peers and enrichment.  As such, they expect that all state-funded schools will deliver at least 32.5 hours per week as soon as possible and by September 2023 at the latest.
What if I have a child who struggles in the morning?

We understand that not everyone is an early-riser, however, that is why we are discussing these changes early, to allow time for families to adjust their routines.  The changes will not be implemented until September 2023 and we will allow a short time for children to adjust to the changes.  However, evidence suggests that the majority of children learn best in a morning

How does this compare to other schools?

The majority of local schools are already starting earlier than Stramongate. These changes will align our operating hours more closely with other schools, including local secondary schools, helping our pupil’s transition to secondary school.

At a time when schools are widely reported to be considering reducing staff costs due to financial pressures, how will the costs of this be off-set?

The DfE states that thousands of schools, in every corner of the country, already deliver this length of week within existing budgets.

By adjusting working practises and adopting new and more efficient systems and ways of working, the cost implications of these changes will be kept to a minimum.  We are taking this opportunity to review all staff contracts to ensure that working patterns align with school need and offer the best support and value for money for our pupils.

Is there a minimum expectation regarding the amount of time children should be spent doing home work and will this change if they are in school more?

We acknowledge the importance of children having time to relax and be children. DfE guidance is for approximately 1 hour per week of homework. If you have concerns about the level of homework being set, please speak with your child’s class teacher.