A school in England has angered parents by planning to close early to allow pupils to watch a World Cup game. The headmaster has agreed to shorten lessons and bring forward a GCSE exam to enable his 1200 pupils to get home in time for England's game against Slovenia on 23 June. He told parents in an email that the game is 'very important'. The school will close at 2pm instead of the normal 3.30pm.
The controversial decision was taken after a request from pupils who are given a say in the running of their school through its Student Voice. Teachers have previously warned of abuse of this nationwide initiative which gives pupils greater power in their schools, allowing them to rate members of staff and even sit on interview panels.
What will Michael Gove say about this? Time he stopped this 'inclusive' attitude to schooling and ensured pupils were pupils and the adults, such as the head and teachers, were those in charge.