“Birmingham pupils sent home early to save school money”

“A head teacher has cut the number of hours children spend at school to save money.

Neil Porter said he would save £18,500 by cutting an hour and 20 minutes every Friday at Birmingham’s St Peter and St Paul RC Junior and Infant School.

The pupils’ early finish means teachers can plan their lessons and there is no need to pay supply staff to supervise children.

But parents have said they have had to change their working hours.
The day finishes at 15:20 BST Monday to Thursday at the Erdington school.

But on a Friday after lunch, the 210 pupils now go into a whole-school assembly with the head at 13:00. They are then picked up by parents at 14:00. …”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-45665080

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