Say No To Compulsory Extended School at Mossley Hollins

Say No To Compulsory Extended School at Mossley Hollins

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Josiah Taylor started this petition to Mrs Din & Mr Duncan

If you haven’t yet heard, you may be shocked to find out that, next year, all year elevens will be required to stay an extra hour at school at Mossley Hollins, and some will be expected to stay longer than this on some days.  Having discussed with other students, we have found that this idea seems to be overwhelmingly unpopular, this idea of an extra-period garnering opposition from some parents. We ask for your signature to petition the school to make significant changes to this idea or abolish it entirely. 
 
We as students believe this idea to be unfair and to have little consideration for the wellbeing of the students. We believe the limited free time will negatively impact student mental health as it will encroach upon their social and family lives. Even disregarding something as important as the emotional state of the students, the negative impact on student mental health would also likely negatively impact academic performance in the year we will be completing our GCSE’s. As well as this, it will make it even more difficult to keep up with the homework we as students are given to do and expecting students to “keep a healthy sleep schedule” with this amount of work and this little time is frankly ridiculous. In addition, many students may have family obligations with younger siblings or parents in this hour after school, particularly young carers who are already at an educational disadvantage that this would disproportionately effect. Moreover, in winter months this extra hour may result in it being unsafe for students to walk home as it would be darker by this point in the afternoon.  

Furthermore, on the subject of “catching up”, numerous professionals including a Cambridge academic, Vaughan Connolly, and The British Psychological Society have said that extending the school day will not make up for the time missed, to quote directly, “The British Psychological society said that instead the additional time would better spent allowing students to play, [and] socialise”. (1) The Chartered College of Teaching further states that the “Quality of evidence is quite weak across studies” (2) for extending the school day; therefore, the extended school day may well be useless at best and, at worst, actively damage our educational prospects.  


While the students understand and are grateful for the time that would be given up by teachers, similar concerns about workload and mental state arise as with the students. 


We propose that the extra hour of the school day be made voluntary for those students who wish to attend and otherwise for the coming school year to be exactly as it would be were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic. 


(1) https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/28/longer-school-hours-plug-covid-learning-gaps-cambridge-academic 
(2) https://chartered.college/2021/03/10/a-look-at-the-research-on-extending-school-days-length-of-terms-and-supporting-learning/ 

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