Plans to introduce a common school day in all six East Lothian secondary schools are to be progressed.

The move follows a feasibility study that found there is support amongst those who responded for the proposal to move to a common secondary schools day and the educational benefits that it would bring.

Councillors voted to approve further consultation with key stakeholders, staff and unions on a phased introduction of a common school day at a full meeting of East Lothian Council. The meeting heard that:

• 72% of respondents to the feasibility study were in favour of moving to a common school day 08.30-15.25 Monday – Thursday, 08.30-12.15 Friday.
• 61% were in favour of introducing a 32-period secondary school week.

The introduction of a common secondary school day and period structure will create more equitable arrangements across all of East Lothian’s secondary schools, offering the best outcomes and opportunities for young people in the county.

Cabinet member for Education Councillor Shamin Akhtar said: “The introduction of a common secondary school day will deliver a number of educational benefits for young people. We are pleased that respondents to the feasibility study recognised this and supported the proposals that we developed. Having this consistency will help to raise attainment amongst all our young people and reduce inequalities. It also increases the opportunities for pupils to take part in inter-school learning, accessing a broader range of courses and qualifications delivered by our schools, partners or through digital technologies. This is in line with the feedback that we received from young people at the Youth Summit.

“We look forward to taking the proposals forward in more detail with staff and stakeholders.”

Published: Tuesday, 11th December 2018