24 April 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Re: Proposal to change the length of the school day
I am writing to inform you of some minor proposed changes to the structure of the school day at East Barnet School. They are:
- On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays school will close at 3.10 p.m.
- On Wednesdays school will close at 2.40 p.m.
The reason for the changes is to enable improvements to our lunchtime. We can reduce queuing and have more choice for the students. This will enable more students to eat in less time. It will also allow time for high quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers to be added to the school day.
The changes will come into force from 2 September 2020.
We believe that these changes will be beneficial to the school community, and will have a positive effect on your child’s education. Teacher CPD is the key to effective teaching. Whilst we are proud of the hard-work of all our teachers, in the spirit of Growth Mindset, we believe we can always strive to be better. John Hattie, a leading educational researcher, analysed 800 different ways to improve teaching and learning and thus student attainment; effective CPD was ranked as one of the top 20 ways of doing this. East Barnet School is an avant-garde learning community which values the growth of the whole child through a wide and varied educational experience. Giving teachers time for bespoke, personalised, regular and more detailed CPD gives them more time and expertise to support the students in their learning.
Whilst the staff are involved in CPD, the students will be given time to complete online Mathematics work. This is something the students are used to doing and has become part of their weekly routine. We have undertaken research into the cognitive science of learning, and evidence has shown that repetition and consolidation is key in securing lifelong learning, not simply learning for a test. In Mathematics, we have been particularly impressed by Hegarty Maths, an online programme which has the cognitive science principles at the core. Students need to see a maths concept more than once, and having that explanation in a place they can view from home really helps. The online work students will do will complement the work they do in class.
We will, of course, have our computer rooms open for students who are unable to work from home.
The information in this letter will also be sent to Transport for London and the Local Authority. We will make sure to work together so that there is minimal disruption.
I appreciate that these changes may affect you. For this reason, I would like to invite you to give your feedback by sending your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 May 2020.
Chair of Governors