Consultations - Aligning the secondary school day
ConsultationOur proposals to change secondary school start and finish times and their benefits
Councillors will consider a report on the consultation and we will share the outcome on our website.
Closing dateFriday 8 March
SummaryWe want to hear your views on our plan to have the same start and finish times across all six secondary schools. Below you will find details of what the changes will mean and their educational benefits.
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What would the changes mean?
- Classes would start at 8.40am each day (Monday through Friday), and finish at 3.25pm (Monday through Thursday) and 12.15pm on Fridays.
- The length of the pupil week for all secondary schools would be organised across 32 periods (classes) each lasting 50 minutes.
- Senior Phase classes would start and end at the same time in each school.
- Beeslack Community High School
- Dalkeith High School
- Lasswade High School
- Newbattle Community High School
- Penicuik High School
- St David’s RC High School
The proposed times in full
- A school by school comparison of current and proposed start and finish times
- Class timetables including breaks and lunches
When the changes would start
If given the go-ahead, the changes would start on Monday 3 June, the same day the six schools begin the new 2024/25 school year.
The educational benefits
Over time, students could benefit because the proposal will:
- Facilitate the opportunity for schools to collaborate. By aligning our school day start/finish and period times, we are setting the foundation for future innovative practice in relation to learning, teaching and assessment.
- Support the development of our Midlothian Aligned Curriculum Offer (MACO), to support our work in relation to excellence, equity, inclusion and improved outcomes for all Midlothian students.
- Facilitate the opportunity for a wider range of school partners, including E-sgoil, further education, higher education and businesses, to work with students.
- Increase the capacity and volume of partnership working across all six schools with higher education, further education, business and training providers.
- Help to embed aspects of progressive digital learning. We know this is an aspect of learning applied in many further and higher education establishments, as well as in many workplaces.
- Reduce the physical movement of students between schools to undertake in-person courses in other schools or through our School College Partnership. This will support our Net Zero objectives, should help to reduce school transport and ensure best value.
- Reduce the impact of travel and time out of classes for those students doing Edinburgh College courses or work placements associated with Foundation Apprenticeship.
- Benefit Senior Phase students in some of our smaller schools over time by offering equal curricular opportunities across all schools.
- Make sure the school week is the same length across all secondary schools.
- Allow further education providers to hold information/awareness sessions digitally for all schools at the same time, rather than organising six separate, in-person events.
- Improve opportunities for staff and pupils to work more closely with Saltersgate School, including supporting students to volunteer at Saltersgate.
- Make it more practical for staff and/or curricular teams to collaborate during the established collegiate days because the Friday afternoon student finish times will be the same across all schools.
How to get involved
Come along to one of the informal drop-ins below to hear more. They are all on from 5pm to 7pm.
- Beeslack Community High School: Thursday 22 February 2024
- Dalkeith High School: Monday 19 February 2024
- Lasswade High School: Wednesday 21 February 2024
- Newbattle Community High School: Wednesday 21 February 2024
- Penicuik High School: Tuesday 20 February 2024
- St David’s High School: Wednesday 28 February 2024
- Online: Tuesday 27 February (email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and get the link)