Wymondham High Academy changes plans to reduce teaching time

One of the arts classrooms of the new Humanities block at Wymondham High Academy. Picture: Denise Bradley One of the arts classrooms of the new Humanities block at Wymondham High Academy. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, March 13, 2014
9:55 AM

An academy has altered its plans to reduce teaching time by 50 minutes per week to allow for more teacher training after concerns were raised by parents.

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Wymondham High Academy held a consultation on the proposal to finish lessons at 2pm on a Tuesday so teachers could take part in 90 minutes of “collaborative planning” afterwards.

Lessons will still end at 2.10pm on Tuesdays - but reducing the number of inset days, as well as stopping the practice of closing early at the end of term, means overall teaching time across the year will be “virtually unchanged,” the school said.

Vice principal Jonathan Rockey said staff had listened and made changes as a result of feedback.

However he added that more time needed to be allocated for training because: “High quality professional development for staff is key to raising attainment.

“Our parents have very high expectations of us. We would far rather have a slightly reduced timetable and higher quality lessons rather than maintain the timetable we’ve got.”

He added that the training was designed to address the keys areas where the school needs to improve tin order to be rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted - namely the quality of teaching and marking.

In a letter to parents Neil Collins, chairman of the governors at Wymondham High, said: “Critical to improving standards in the school is that we need to improve the way we teach in the classroom. That’s really what makes the difference to the pupils and that’s what this proposed change to the school day is all about.”

What do you think about the plans? Contact EDP reporter Andrew Papworth on 01379 651153 or andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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