Keep The Current School Time Table Structure For Haberdasher's Askes Hatcham College

Keep The Current School Time Table Structure For Haberdasher's Askes Hatcham College

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Lloyd Evans started this petition to Executive Principal (Alex Williamson)

At Haberdasher's Askes Hatcham College we currently have a time table consisting of:

  • Registration/Form Time/Assemblies from 8:30 - 8:55
  • Periods 1&2 from 8:55 - 10:35
  • Morning Break from 10:35 - 11:00
  • Periods 3&4 from 11:00 - 12:40
  • Lunch from 12:40 - 13:35
  • Periods 5&6 from 13:35 - 15:15

 

This is a structure that we know benefits us. This is because the current time table includes 3 sets of double periods. This is beneficial to us because double periods increase the amount of learning time per lesson and minimise time wasted between periods. Also, having Registration/Form Time at the beginning of the day gives students time to adapt back to a learning environment and acts as a buffer for students who are late because it prevents them from missing out on lesson time. Single periods are often wasted by the travel in between lessons and the time at the beginning of classes where students take to settle down.

 

Proposed New Time Table Structure:

  • Periods 1 from 8:30 - 9:40
  • Period 2 from 9:40 - 10:40
  • Morning Break from 10:40 - 11:05
  • Period 3 from 11:05 - 12:05
  • Period 4 from 12:05 - 13:05
  • Lunch from 13:05 - 13:50
  • Period 5 from 13:50 - 14:50
  • Form Time/Assemblies/Staff Meetings 

 

I have tried to estimate the time lost between lessons and have come up with the figure of approximately 10 minutes of learning time lost between every lesson. With our current time table structure of 3 double periods a day, we lose approximately 150 minutes of lesson time per week to time spent settling into class and lateness at beginnings of lessons. Whereas, with the proposed new timetable, we will lose approximately 200 minutes of lesson time per week. This means that by switching to the proposed new time table structure of only single periods, we will lose approximately 50 minutes of lesson time per week. As there is a link between learning time and positive outcomes for pupils, the proposed new time table structure will have a negative impact on our outcomes and exam results.

I have consulted with at least 10 of my peers and with all this in mind, we believe that our current time table structure is more beneficial to our learning and development than the proposed new one as we will have more time in lessons, meaning more learning, higher development and better outcomes.

Thank you.

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