Kids take minister to task over hours

Year six pupils at Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, with the letter they have received from Minister for Children, Tim Loughton MP
Year six pupils at Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, with the letter they have received from Minister for Children, Tim Loughton MP

A GOVERNMENT minister has praised a group of pupils for their articulate letter in response to proposals to extend the school day.

Year six children at Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, wrote to Education Secretary Michael Gove to put forward their arguments against a longer school day.

They said it would mean more work for teachers and result in children spending less time with their families.

The youngsters worked out that the longer day would lead to an extra 900 hours a year spent in school.

Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Children, wrote back to the children complimenting them on their well-written letters.

He explained that the Government is not planning to force schools to extend the school day.

It just wants to give schools greater freedom and responsibility as to how they educate their pupils.

“I can tell that you all feel strongly about this issue,” he said.

“I am always keen to hear the views of young people who are actively interested in their education.

“I wish you all the very best for your future studies.”

Pupil Martha Brown said: “It was really exciting when the letter came. I felt he had listened to us.”

Luke Bayley said: “I was thrilled and happy.”

Teacher Jenny Smith said: “The children worked really hard on it.”