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Michael Gove proposes longer school day and shorter holidays

Publié par Clifford Armion le 19/04/2013

Richard Adams and Jessica Shepherd

Education secretary Michael Gove has called for longer school days and a cut in the length of holidays, which he said would improve performance and make life easier for working parents.
The reforms could allow state schools to choose to stay open until 4.30pm and introduce a shorter, four-week summer holiday for pupils from September next year, representing a profound change for parents used to tailoring their working hours to the classroom timetable.
Gove said the school system had been designed for a 19th-century agricultural economy and risked leaving British children trailing those in Asia. "It may be the case that there are one or two legislative and bureaucratic obstacles which prevent all schools moving in this direction, but I think it's consistent with the pressures of a modern society. I also think it's going to be family friendly," he said.
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"Michael Gove proposes longer school day and shorter holidays", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2013. Consulté le 29/11/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/michael-gove-proposes-longer-school-day-and-shorter-holidays