The longer school day has three main purposes. One is that it will help create more time in the day for sport and the arts – such as drama and music. The second reason is that it will be used to give children time and space to complete independent work – they will have less to do at home, and can complete ‘homework’ in a place where they can get help and support. The third reason is that the extra time can be used for ‘catch-up’ if a child has missed learning because of illness, or if they haven’t understood it yet. This means that all children will learn quickly and deeply, and no-one will be left behind.
All students are expected to remain in school for the longer day. If there is a particular reason why a child has to leave school early – for example involvement in elite sports training – this may be facilitated as appropriate following discussion with the school.