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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.  

 

Activity 

 

Timings 

Lesson 1

8.30am

Lesson 2

9.30am

BREAK

10.30am

Lesson 3

10.50am

Lesson 4

11.50am

LUNCH

12.50pm

Lesson 5

1.20pm

Lesson 6

2.20pm

End of school day

3.20pm

Optional Independent study

3.20-5pm

 

 

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 

 Historical  allocated hours 

Allocation from Sep 2018

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 a pressurised time frame.

 

  • A six-lesson day now allows for longer blocks of teaching time as opposed to the traditional one-hour block.  For example, GCSE year groups  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 especially benefit from sustained learning time.     

 

  • Deeper learning within the curriculum has eradicated the historical 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.  

 

  • The traditional tutor group strategy has been replaced by a personal tutor system whereby tutors (teaching staff) will have the opportunity to hold 15 minute 1-2-1 reviews with their Tutees during the Personal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