It’s not enough that the kids at primary school now have to sit for SAT’s exams in years two and six (that’s aged 6-7 years and 10 -11).
Not enough that your ten year old brings home 2 lots of homework a week. One literacy assignment, and an amount of maths that would make a grown up weep.
It’s not unusual to come home with 10 sides of A4 filled with maths questions.
Last year, when he was in year 5 (aged 9) and just doing the practice SATS, he came home with a couple of exam papers every week. Staggered over a few weeks to do them, but still totalled at least half a dozen.
He’s now got ‘booster’ classes along with every one else in the year which is supposed to be extra tuition and keeps them in school until 4pm doing extra classes twice a week too.
Then, today, it’s announced in the news that it’s being proposed that schools are looking at extending the working school day until 6pm.
Just when are the poor buggers supposed to have some ‘down’ time if they’re out of the door for 8.30am and not home until 6.30pm?!
It’s all very well saying that it will help with childcare for parents, but there’s a world of difference between an after school club which won’t be work based and more play focused, and an extension to the school’s working hours.
It would be a case of get home not much before 7, have your tea (what are they going to have between lunch at 12pm and the home time of 6pm anyway? Do they get a free dinner? They bloody should do. Or are we expected to cough up for another meal?!)
Their after school clubs would be out of the window too. Between them, they have Beavers, Scouts, swimming lessons and football sessions.
Seeing as they all start at 5.30 and 6pm, are we expected to just get rid of them, too?
For crying out loud, they need some time to relax and wind down. Between the ages of 4 and 10, you’re still tiny and you’d be lumped in with this too.
Let them have some childhood instead of a routine of school, tea, bed. Which is what it would basically be.
It would be good from a working point of view for the parents.
NOT at the expense of the well being of our kids, though!