Coronavirus latest: SCHOOL days should be permanently extended with extra classes and longer lunch breaks after the pandemic, Gavin Williamson said today.
The education secretary said there's a "real strong case" for adding extra lesson time and he's "enthusiastic" to make sweeping reforms.
Today ministers announced a root-and-branch review into how the school day is structured and whether it delivers the best benefits for pupils.
There have been suggestions an extra half an hour could be added.
Mr Williamson said he "questioned" whether it was right that some kids are sent home by teachers as early as 2.45pm.
And he also said "condensed" lunch breaks of just half an hour are robbing children of time for extra-curricular activities like sport.
Talking about building back from Covid, he said: "Longer term we do want to see further changes and further improvements.
"That's why we're doing the review in terms of time within schools, how best we can use it.
"There's real benefits to looking at how we can expand the school day. There's a real strong case for doing so.
"You see some of the highest performing schools across have the ability to offer enrichment activities and other activities and a slightly longer day.
"And it does seem to deliver a considerable benefit, so it's it's right and proper that we look at that and how best to do it."
School day should be extended PERMANENTLY with extra classes and longer lunches after Covid, Gavin Williamson says
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