Committee hears update on shorter secondary school week

Girl working from books in class
Girl working from books in class

From August 2017 secondary schools in Angus will follow a new 33 period model which will comprise of one shorter four-period day.

On Tuesday (November 8) members of the Children and Learning Committee will hear that Friday is the preferred day.

The proposed change to the secondary school week was agreed by elected members at full Council on June 16, 2016. Members delegated the decision about which day was the most appropriate to the Strategic Director – Children & Learning.

Friday is the most popular option with the majority of stakeholders - including pupils, staff and parents who responded to the consultation, selecting that preference.

The new model establishes the new 33 period:

· Monday to Thursday 8.50am-3.55pm

· Friday 8.50am-1.25pm.

Some of the opportunities for young people on a Friday that will also be heard by Members:

- Angus Works is presently running throughout Angus Council. Consideration will be given to focusing all experience on Fridays, causing minimum disruption to other areas of the curriculum.

- Dundee & Angus College will scope out a move of academic and/or vocational courses to Friday.

- Angus Alive is considering discounted offers to our young people for Friday afternoons across a range of sports and leisure facilities.

- Voluntary Action Angus and the council will work to support and grow our young volunteers. Consideration is being given to what can be offered on Friday afternoons to enhance young people’s experiences and CVs.

The Children & Learning Committee in May 2017 will detail the opportunities available from August 2017 for Angus young people in full.