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Scottish Government Seeking Public Views on School Learning Hours

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The Scottish Government has launched a consultation to ask people their views on a new legal minimum number of school learning hours.

If approved by Parliament, councils would be required by law to provide the equivalent of 25 teaching hours per week for Primary Schools and 27.5 per week for secondary schools across the school year.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville who announced the plans last month said: “The school week is the backbone of our education provision and benefits all of Scotland’s children and young people. We have been clear that any changes to the school week must be based on educational benefit to pupils.

“Any measures that materially reduce the number of hours children spend learning in school could impact pupil attainment and wellbeing, and undermine our collective efforts to close the poverty-related attainment gap.

“This is an opportunity for parents, children and young people and everyone else with an interest to make their views known about the potential impact of this policy.”

The consultation is now open and runs until the 13th of June 2023. To take part in the consultation and read the consultation paper visit https://consult.gov.scot/learning-directorate/learning-hours-consultation/  

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