Changes to school times putting strain on families
Schools are shortening the academic day to save money
Councils have a legal requirement to provide 25 hours a week of primary school lessons and 27 hours of lessons in secondary schools.
But growing numbers are condensing their school days by cutting break times, to allow schools to close earlier every day, or in many cases, finish for the week on a Friday lunchtime.
Figures obtained by The Sunday Post suggests that of 32 councils, 15 have changed timetables.
Satwat Rehman, director of OPFS, warned that some parents would be out of pocket. She said: “With around 50% of single-parent families living in poverty, the shortening of school days will place additional cost burdens on families at a time when they can least afford it.
“Having to pay more for additional childcare hours due to shorter school days will deepen in-work poverty and increased leisure time at home can lead to additional stress for parents having to manage on a very tight budget as they struggle to find the money for activities and household bills.”