NSW trials extended school days in eight schools

By Anna Macdonald

Thursday May 12, 2022

Dominic Perrottet
NSW premier Dominic Perrottet. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

The NSW government is trialling a program in eight schools partnering with local organisations to offer children activities outside of the traditional school hours. 

NSW premier Dominic Perrottet said the pilot was an effort to assist working parents outside of the hours of 9am to 3pm.

“We want to offer greater support and comfort to parents, knowing that their kids are safe and happy taking part in a homework club in the school library, a dance class in the school hall or soccer practice on the school oval,” Perrottet said in a statement.

The program is being trialled at Cawdor Public School, Hanwood Public School, Hastings Secondary College, Kentlyn Public School, Matraville Soldier’s Settlement Public School, Orange High School, Spring Hill Public School and Tacking Point Public School.

It will run for 20 weeks during terms 3 and 4, which run from July 18 to September 23 and October 10 to December 20, respectively. 

The program reflects the move away from a traditional mindset of the 9 to 5 workday, minister for education and early learning Sarah Mitchell said.

“This isn’t necessarily about changing existing class times,” Mitchell said. “What we are doing is finding ways to better support students and make it easier for working parents to manage their commitments.

“This research pilot will give us a better understanding of what schools are already doing, and how we can expand on or implement effective practices at similar schools.”

The news follows a strike by NSW public school teachers asking for a pay rise last week


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