Most of the teachers are in work before 8am and are usually there until gone 7pm.
Moved...why are they working until 7pm? Our primary school is locked up by 5.30pm.
From a parent's point of view, I would like to see holidays regionally staggered more, but not reduced. As for longer days; I chose to give up work to bring up the children through the primary years, this is considered a luxury I know, but it means we struggle financially every month. We would have double our income, if not more if I had stayed in full time paid employment, rather than the little bits income I now earn through various projects. We would not change anything though, I love picking the boys up at 3.15 or 4.15 after clubs (two of which I assist with), love being available for every school and sports event, love helping out. I hate the drudge, isolation and sheer boredom of being a housewife, but that is the path I chose when I had children. If anyone had suggested they stay at school from 8am-6pm during the time I have been committed to bringing them up, I would have gone ballistic! 6 hours of good quality teaching and socialising with peers is enough for any primary school child and too long for key stage 1 as it is.
I think more should be done to create jobs for one parent to work the hours of 9-2.30pm rather than fit children in with standard working hours. This is an area which is sorely neglected, with poor pay, few opportunities and exploitation of parental need being rife.
I know several mums and two dads enjoying the "luxury" of being a stay at home parent, who are mostly hugely qualified, but delivering parcels, caring for toddlers at play school, stuffing envelopes or cleaning loos at minimum wage or less just to make ends meet whilst their children are at school. (Some of them completely dumned down their c.v. or application just to get the jobs) They then rush back to the school gate, hug at the ready at 3.15 and spend those three valuable hours with their children. All of them could get a good, well paid job 8-6 but jump through financial hoops instead, to look after their own kids.
There...I bit....Sun report / ex- advisor article or not, the mere suggestion of confining our precious children to one building and one (repressive) environment for an extra 4 hours a day just outrages me.