Wednesday 27 February 2019 3:33 AM UTC
LONDON Feb 27: One of the country’s top state secondary schools is going to switch to a four-and-a-half day week because it will lead to a ‘happier, more productive school’, Daily Mail reported.
Forest Gate Community School in Newham, east London is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and hit the headlines in 2017 after one of its pupils was accepted into Eton College.
Former student Kaashif Kamaly was accepted into Eton with a scholarship after achieving 13 As and A* while studying at the London school.
Now, the school has announced plans to stop lessons just after midday every Friday afternoon in a bid to increase productivity and foster a happier atmosphere.
The change comes following a similar experiment at a financial company in New Zealand, where switching to a four day week led to a 20 per cent boost in productivity. as well as a happier workforce.
The school will remain open until 5pm for supervised study and talks from guest speakers though attendance is optional, a letter to parents confirmed this week.
They say staff will be given training to manage the shorter timetable ahead of the introduction of the new policy at the start of the next academic year.
Pay, holiday entitlement and benefits for teachers will remain unchanged, according to the school.
Staff will have the option of finishing early or spending the afternoon improving their teaching at professional development training.
It comes after Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand financial services company, announced a 20 per cent rise in productivity and happier staff after moving to a four-day week.
Forest Gate executive headteacher Simon Elliott says despite the changes the school will maintain the high academic standards which have seen them ranked in the Top 50 schools nationally for GCSE results three years in a row. – Daily Mail
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