Consultation launched to gather views on the introduction of a common school day in East Lothian's secondary schools

A feasibility study has been launched to explore options for creating a common secondary school day across East Lothian's schools as part of the council's commitment to raising attainment and improving inclusion, wellbeing and equality for all children and young people. Councillors agreed to explore the viability of the move and the potential educational benefits it could offer at a meeting of East Lothian Council's Cabinet on 12 June 2018. The consultation will run from 23 October until 11 November.

If introduced, all secondary schools would have the same start/finish times and period structure. This would allow better sharing between schools, partnership working and increased opportunities for pupils to participate in inter-school learning and initiatives. Creating a common school day and curriculum structure would create more equitable arrangements, offering the best outcomes and opportunities for young people in the county.

The change would also impact upon primary schools due to the shared home-to-school transport provision. Under the proposals, all primary schools would start and finish at the same time, although individual schools could choose to move their time by up to 30 minutes at either end of the day.

Council spokesperson for Education, Councillor Shamin Akhtar said: “We believe having a common school day would benefit our young people by increasing attainment and offering improved opportunities for learning across the county. We want to develop fair and fulfilling learning journeys that fuel our young people’s interests and ambitions.

“I’d encourage everyone to find out more about our proposals and the benefits they would bring, and share their views with us.”

Drop-in sessions are being held in Knox Academy (1 November) and Ross High School (6 November) both from 4pm-7pm. Full proposals are available online from the council’s consultation hub.

Published: Thursday, 25th October 2018