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FORMER OFSTED CHIEF CALLS FOR SINGLE ALL-DAY LESSONS

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Former chief inspector of schools Mike Tomlinson wants whole days to be spent on one subject reports The Sunday Tim...
Former chief inspector of schools Mike Tomlinson wants whole days to be spent on one subject reports The Sunday Times (p10). A number of schools are already experimenting with one day a week spent on projects or coursework for exams.

Mr Tomlinson, who is head of the independent trust running schools in Hackney LBC, believes pupils waste too much time moving between lessons. Mandy Watts, deputy head of Henrietta Barnet School, north London, agrees: 'Lessons of 35 minutes work well for languages, where short bursts are the most effective. Most subjects prefer longer'.

Ofsted is due to publish a report on experiment in flexible lesson times.

In an interview with The Sunday Times (News Review, p11) Mr Tomlinson outlines his experiences and philosophy gained as teacher and schools inspector, and how he will approach the job of turning around Hackney's failing schools. His plans for improvement include forging close links between parents and teachers, and appointing to the trust's board someone who understands how to get black youngsters to do well at school.
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