Published: 17/05/2017 12:21 - Updated: 17/05/2017 12:26

New timetable proposal at Academy

PUBLIC opinion is being sought on proposals to introduce a 33-period week at Forres Academy.

Do you want a 33-period week at Forres Academy?
Do you want a 33-period week at Forres Academy?

The new arrangements, which could be implemented at the start of the 2018-19 session, are aimed at raising attainment and creating greater opportunities for pupils.

Some Scottish local authorities already operate a 32 or 33-period week, while schools in Moray have a 30-period timetable.

Nairn Academy introduced 32 periods last May.

A Nairn spokesperson said: "It’s much better. We have introduced extra subjects in additional periods."

However, a parent of a student at Forres Academy is unsure about the proposal.

She said: "Many pupils really enjoy their registration period and are concerned about having to wait so long for lunch. Some parents are concerned that the extra periods won’t be used for academic subjects. Others will be worried about child care issues if the school finishes early on a Friday."

She added: "Conversely there will be pupils and parents who love the idea of a Friday afternoon off and understand the importance of gaining a wider range of life skills at school."

A survey of opinion is available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/33periodschoolweek until 5pm on Friday, May 19.

A Moray Council spokesman explained the reasons for the proposal: "The changes will help us in our ambition to strive for excellence and equity by raising attainment and closing the attainment gap. Changing the school week will give us greater flexibility to develop and enhance the curriculum for all learners. It will give us an increased variety of opportunities for learning and teaching, more flexibility to work with a range of partners and give pupils more options for wider achievement."

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