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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

School Day

We changed our school day as of September 2018 to allow us to deliver our teaching & learning strategy of deeper applied learning. We want to provide our students with the time to enjoy their learning and apply knowledge and skills to different contexts. Consequently, pupils in Years 7-11 will gain the equivalent of an extra 39 days teaching time per year.  This means that every year 7 cohort will gain the equivalent of 1 extra year’s teaching time by the end of year 11 compared to all other schools following a traditional school day.  

 

School day activity  

 

2017/18 timings 

 

New timings  from Sep 2019 

Start of school day/morning registration

8.40am

n/a

Lesson 1

9am

8.30am

Lesson 2

10am

9.30am

BREAK

11am

10.30am

Lesson 3

11.30am

10.50am

Lesson 4

12.30pm

11.50am

LUNCH

1.30pm

12.50pm

Lesson 5

2.10pm

1.20pm

Lesson 6

n/a

2.20pm

End of school day

3.10pm

3.20pm

Optional Independent study

 

3.20-5pm

 

 

YEAR GROUP as at 1/9/18

 

EXTRA TEACHING TIME (days) GAINED BY THE END OF YEAR 11

Year 11

36 days

Year 10

75 days 

Year 9

114 days

Year 8

153 days

Year 7

192 days

 

Key advantages of our school day structure

  • A significant increase in the number of hours dedicated to the core curriculum of English, Maths and Science.

YEAR GROUP as at 1/9/18 

 2017/18 hours allocation 

New allocation from Sep 2019 

Year 11 

10

12

Year 10

10

12

Year 9

9

12

Year 8

9

12

Year 7

9

12

  • GCSE option subject time allocation has increased form x5 hours provision per fortnight to x6 hours thus reducing the pressure on teachers and students to complete courses in less than two years. 

 

  • A six-lesson day will also allow longer blocks of teaching time as opposed to the current traditional one-hour block.  For example, GCSE year groups will study the three core subjects on a carousel of two-hour blocks on dedicated ‘core curriculum days’. Practical subjects such as PE, ART, Food, Performing Arts will especially benefit from sustained learning time.     

 

  • Deeper learning within the curriculum will eradicate the current need for after-school intervention programmes until 4.10pm for both staff and students as well as the dangers of pupils travelling home late particularly in the winter months.  

 

  • By year 11, all pupils on three-year GCSE courses will have completed content delivery of those courses in Year 10 and teachers therefore have one year to focus on consolidation, revision and the all-important skill of how to master exam technique which there is not enough time for in a two-year course.    

 

  • The traditional tutor group strategy will be replaced by a personal tutor system whereby tutors (teaching staff) will have the opportunity to hold 15 minute 1-2-1 reviews with their Tutees during the Personal Development days programme.