I know you’re all drawing breath finally. The Brexit fog has cleared, for now. And you’d like to kick back, relax, get obsessed by Line of Duty, maybe eat some early Easter eggs.
Tough. I’m here to rain on your relaxing, sunny parade.
As the fog clears, we can see the issues that have been obscured. Let’s start with schools.
Last week, schools in Wales announced plans to close early on a Friday. Neyland Community School in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire said that from September, they’d shut at 12.25pm on Fridays rather than 3.20pm. This, they said, was because at that point in the week, “pupils often suffer from a greater lack of attention”.
Perhaps there is something to be said in reviewing and revising the school week. It’s more or less a Victorian system, tweaked for a very different age
And in a piece of classic doublespeak, they added they hoped that closing the school early, thereby preventing lessons, would “further raise standards and improve outcomes for learners across the school”.
Cuts to budgets are making early Friday closures increasingly the norm. Also in Wales, schools in Penarth warned similarly early Friday closures were likely. They’re a little more straight about the reason.