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TORIES SET SIGHTS ON LONGER SCHOOL DAY

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The Tories are preparing plans, for the general election manifesto, to lengthen the school day, the Independent rep...
The Tories are preparing plans, for the general election manifesto, to lengthen the school day, the Independent reports (p1).

The proposals, which form part of John Major's new 'social agenda', would result in at least an hour being added at secondary schools and sixth form colleges. Pupils would be allowed to start slightly earlier, but be expected to stay until at least 5.30pm to do more work or take part in organised sport.

While the added time and flexibility would be introduced to raise education standards, it might also satisfy parents concerned about their children being left unsupervised before they return home from work, the paper says.

The move could mean higher earnings for teachers carrying out the supervision, or provide jobs for assistants brought in to cover the extra hours.

A second story (p4) reports on a new study, carried out by Keele and London universities, which says that after-school activities such as sport and drama are just as closely linked to high standards as homework.
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