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Pupils to walk out of school over proposed holiday changes

MORE than 100 pupils walked out of school today over possible changes to their holidays and the length of the school day.

The youngsters from Varndean School and Dorothy Stringer, both in Brighton, arranged the action over social media website Facebook.

They met at Churchill Square Shopping Centre in uniform to hold the protest.

A spokesman, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Argus they wanted to be taken seriously and so were trying to do everything as “as professional as possible”.

For the full story see The Argus on Friday.

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9:26am Thu 27 Mar 14

tykemison says...

I will watch this with interest along with the vast majority of Adults,i am fed up with this coalition governments absolute contempt for the common man.How on Earth they can come up with nasty policy after nasty policy beggers belief and now to try to impose an extra 3 hours schooling on our young ones, is without doubt(even by their standards)nothing short of scandalous.Now,we know any policy these fascists think up is NOT for yours or my benefit but for their own self-interest.I assume the devious thinking behind extending school hours must have something to do with hours adults work(valid reason for parents to work part-time,child care costs significantly reduced).Cameron and his cohorts are elitist,greedy,immor
al people who have no sense of decency.
I will watch this with interest along with the vast majority of Adults,i am fed up with this coalition governments absolute contempt for the common man.How on Earth they can come up with nasty policy after nasty policy beggers belief and now to try to impose an extra 3 hours schooling on our young ones, is without doubt(even by their standards)nothing short of scandalous.Now,we know any policy these fascists think up is NOT for yours or my benefit but for their own self-interest.I assume the devious thinking behind extending school hours must have something to do with hours adults work(valid reason for parents to work part-time,child care costs significantly reduced).Cameron and his cohorts are elitist,greedy,immor al people who have no sense of decency. tykemison
  • Score: 6

10:27am Thu 27 Mar 14

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

Should the Argus be promoting this and encouraging other children to take the day off?

I think, as usual, the Argus is reporting something based on hear-say and gossip picked up on social media rather than actually reporting real news.

Also, when I passed Churchill Square this morning there didn't seem to be any signs of a protest anyway.
Should the Argus be promoting this and encouraging other children to take the day off? I think, as usual, the Argus is reporting something based on hear-say and gossip picked up on social media rather than actually reporting real news. Also, when I passed Churchill Square this morning there didn't seem to be any signs of a protest anyway. uniteagainstparkingcharges
  • Score: -13

10:58am Thu 27 Mar 14

tykemison says...

uapg,it is not a question of"having a day off"it is about their welfare,children have rights aswell,staying at school til 6 would only be regarded as a sensible idea by those who put work before family,ie,the greedy amongst us,saves on paying for a nanny i suppose.
uapg,it is not a question of"having a day off"it is about their welfare,children have rights aswell,staying at school til 6 would only be regarded as a sensible idea by those who put work before family,ie,the greedy amongst us,saves on paying for a nanny i suppose. tykemison
  • Score: -1

11:04am Thu 27 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

tykemison wrote:
I will watch this with interest along with the vast majority of Adults,i am fed up with this coalition governments absolute contempt for the common man.How on Earth they can come up with nasty policy after nasty policy beggers belief and now to try to impose an extra 3 hours schooling on our young ones, is without doubt(even by their standards)nothing short of scandalous.Now,we know any policy these fascists think up is NOT for yours or my benefit but for their own self-interest.I assume the devious thinking behind extending school hours must have something to do with hours adults work(valid reason for parents to work part-time,child care costs significantly reduced).Cameron and his cohorts are elitist,greedy,immor

al people who have no sense of decency.
Unfortunately we are been run by millionaires who think they can DICTATE to us,its got to the stage where the british public just takes everthing on the chin and accepts whatever we are told to do.Good luck to these school children.We are now being told by the three main parties what and what not we can vote on it really is time to show these out of touch millionaires that they are supposed to represent us not DICTATE to us.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: I will watch this with interest along with the vast majority of Adults,i am fed up with this coalition governments absolute contempt for the common man.How on Earth they can come up with nasty policy after nasty policy beggers belief and now to try to impose an extra 3 hours schooling on our young ones, is without doubt(even by their standards)nothing short of scandalous.Now,we know any policy these fascists think up is NOT for yours or my benefit but for their own self-interest.I assume the devious thinking behind extending school hours must have something to do with hours adults work(valid reason for parents to work part-time,child care costs significantly reduced).Cameron and his cohorts are elitist,greedy,immor al people who have no sense of decency.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately we are been run by millionaires who think they can DICTATE to us,its got to the stage where the british public just takes everthing on the chin and accepts whatever we are told to do.Good luck to these school children.We are now being told by the three main parties what and what not we can vote on it really is time to show these out of touch millionaires that they are supposed to represent us not DICTATE to us. clubrob6
  • Score: 5

12:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

bikerjimbo says...

uniteagainstparkingc
harges
wrote:
Should the Argus be promoting this and encouraging other children to take the day off?

I think, as usual, the Argus is reporting something based on hear-say and gossip picked up on social media rather than actually reporting real news.

Also, when I passed Churchill Square this morning there didn't seem to be any signs of a protest anyway.
You were too early. There was a small protest with media coverage. I suppose the kids think if the teachers can do it so can we. I don't know the full details of this 'strike' so cannot comment one way or the other. I do not think the Argus are promoting this as such but just reporting what they know in this case.
[quote][p][bold]uniteagainstparkingc harges[/bold] wrote: Should the Argus be promoting this and encouraging other children to take the day off? I think, as usual, the Argus is reporting something based on hear-say and gossip picked up on social media rather than actually reporting real news. Also, when I passed Churchill Square this morning there didn't seem to be any signs of a protest anyway.[/p][/quote]You were too early. There was a small protest with media coverage. I suppose the kids think if the teachers can do it so can we. I don't know the full details of this 'strike' so cannot comment one way or the other. I do not think the Argus are promoting this as such but just reporting what they know in this case. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 16

12:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

fredaj says...

The school day is extremely short, especially for the older pupils who will shortly be having to come to terms with a 35/40 hour working week so they at least should have a longer day.
The school day is extremely short, especially for the older pupils who will shortly be having to come to terms with a 35/40 hour working week so they at least should have a longer day. fredaj
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Thu 27 Mar 14

alice1 says...

It will be interesting to see or hear if they get a detention or fined
It will be interesting to see or hear if they get a detention or fined alice1
  • Score: 4

1:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Fight_Back says...

fredaj wrote:
The school day is extremely short, especially for the older pupils who will shortly be having to come to terms with a 35/40 hour working week so they at least should have a longer day.
Is 6.5 hours a day really that short when compared to your 35 hour week equating to 7 hours a day ?
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: The school day is extremely short, especially for the older pupils who will shortly be having to come to terms with a 35/40 hour working week so they at least should have a longer day.[/p][/quote]Is 6.5 hours a day really that short when compared to your 35 hour week equating to 7 hours a day ? Fight_Back
  • Score: 10

2:15pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ronrostog says...

Don't let the little rebels walk back in at all.. Let's see what mummy and daddy say to that. Right on kids!!
Don't let the little rebels walk back in at all.. Let's see what mummy and daddy say to that. Right on kids!! ronrostog
  • Score: -4

2:20pm Thu 27 Mar 14

OceanAlana says...

Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school!
Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school! OceanAlana
  • Score: 22

3:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

OceanAlana says...

alice1 wrote:
It will be interesting to see or hear if they get a detention or fined
Apparently for not going in we get 2 days exclusion but could you imagine excluding over 110 students 😂 so I doubt it very much apparently we jut get marked in for an unauthorised absence! :)
[quote][p][bold]alice1[/bold] wrote: It will be interesting to see or hear if they get a detention or fined[/p][/quote]Apparently for not going in we get 2 days exclusion but could you imagine excluding over 110 students 😂 so I doubt it very much apparently we jut get marked in for an unauthorised absence! :) OceanAlana
  • Score: 5

4:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

albionite says...

OceanAlana wrote:
alice1 wrote:
It will be interesting to see or hear if they get a detention or fined
Apparently for not going in we get 2 days exclusion but could you imagine excluding over 110 students 😂 so I doubt it very much apparently we jut get marked in for an unauthorised absence! :)
An unauthorised absence is a £60 fine per parent, so for many, a £120 fine.
[quote][p][bold]OceanAlana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alice1[/bold] wrote: It will be interesting to see or hear if they get a detention or fined[/p][/quote]Apparently for not going in we get 2 days exclusion but could you imagine excluding over 110 students 😂 so I doubt it very much apparently we jut get marked in for an unauthorised absence! :)[/p][/quote]An unauthorised absence is a £60 fine per parent, so for many, a £120 fine. albionite
  • Score: 8

4:17pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mhaiti says...

Good for them, I support them completely.

I am sick to death of those in power making decisions based entirely on money saving schemes. Privatising GP services, schools to academies. What does Gove know about education anyway? Or Osbourne about budgets. How much further can they dumb down the education system and turn it into another corporate machine?

If kids are in school for more hours, when would they play football, cricket, go on bike rides, set up a band, do an afternoon paper round to learn the value of money, get some exercise or go to after school clubs that build teamwork, communication and leadership skills that are vital for the future workforce or most important of all spend time with their friends and family.

We sit idly by while those in power covertly cut funding to the vulnerable and privatise our national instutions for a quick buck now and hand massive profits to corporations who probably pay no tax in this country. The only thing keeping us from shouting out is that they are sneakily turning us against eachother with fear mongering about Romanians piling in, benefit fraudsters bleeding us dry (possibly to the tune of about 10% of what the big businesses owe in tax), greedy landlords, squatters, fracking protestors, teachers, public sector workers, greedy bankers and private sector workers, people with pensions, the unemployed, the disabled and any other categoration they can use to divide us...

while everyone is eyeing up people to their left and right with suspicion who is watching those above??
Good for them, I support them completely. I am sick to death of those in power making decisions based entirely on money saving schemes. Privatising GP services, schools to academies. What does Gove know about education anyway? Or Osbourne about budgets. How much further can they dumb down the education system and turn it into another corporate machine? If kids are in school for more hours, when would they play football, cricket, go on bike rides, set up a band, do an afternoon paper round to learn the value of money, get some exercise or go to after school clubs that build teamwork, communication and leadership skills that are vital for the future workforce or most important of all spend time with their friends and family. We sit idly by while those in power covertly cut funding to the vulnerable and privatise our national instutions for a quick buck now and hand massive profits to corporations who probably pay no tax in this country. The only thing keeping us from shouting out is that they are sneakily turning us against eachother with fear mongering about Romanians piling in, benefit fraudsters bleeding us dry (possibly to the tune of about 10% of what the big businesses owe in tax), greedy landlords, squatters, fracking protestors, teachers, public sector workers, greedy bankers and private sector workers, people with pensions, the unemployed, the disabled and any other categoration they can use to divide us... while everyone is eyeing up people to their left and right with suspicion who is watching those above?? mhaiti
  • Score: 5

4:24pm Thu 27 Mar 14

fredflintstone1 says...

OceanAlana wrote:
Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school!
It seems a good idea to take "speaking and listening" out of your course if it means that you can concentrate a bit more on your writing skills.
[quote][p][bold]OceanAlana[/bold] wrote: Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school![/p][/quote]It seems a good idea to take "speaking and listening" out of your course if it means that you can concentrate a bit more on your writing skills. fredflintstone1
  • Score: -4

5:00pm Thu 27 Mar 14

tykemison says...

fredflintstone1 wrote:
OceanAlana wrote:
Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school!
It seems a good idea to take "speaking and listening" out of your course if it means that you can concentrate a bit more on your writing skills.
After possibly the Greatest post ever on these pages from mhaiti,fredflintston
e comes up with this condescending comment,poles apart in sense.
[quote][p][bold]fredflintstone1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OceanAlana[/bold] wrote: Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school![/p][/quote]It seems a good idea to take "speaking and listening" out of your course if it means that you can concentrate a bit more on your writing skills.[/p][/quote]After possibly the Greatest post ever on these pages from mhaiti,fredflintston e comes up with this condescending comment,poles apart in sense. tykemison
  • Score: 3

7:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

OceanAlana says...

We were also protesting for the fact that Michael Gove is greedy! He wants to turn our schools into academies profit focused not democratically focused. He wants to turn our schools into academies for money. What MP "who cares about our education" Changes out schools to academies jut because he wants more in his pension??
We were also protesting for the fact that Michael Gove is greedy! He wants to turn our schools into academies profit focused not democratically focused. He wants to turn our schools into academies for money. What MP "who cares about our education" Changes out schools to academies jut because he wants more in his pension?? OceanAlana
  • Score: 4

9:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

spookshowangel says...

I am totally behind them. My daughter asked me should she take part and I said she should if she felt strongly enough about.
Our children are not little workers to be forced in to work ideals before they have to be. This is their childhood, easter holidays, summer hols and half term is a break for them from the everyday work that is school. They do this from the age of 5!
i saw one child quoted as saying they have to get up at 7 as it is.
These are children let's not try to make them old before their time.
I am totally behind them. My daughter asked me should she take part and I said she should if she felt strongly enough about. Our children are not little workers to be forced in to work ideals before they have to be. This is their childhood, easter holidays, summer hols and half term is a break for them from the everyday work that is school. They do this from the age of 5! i saw one child quoted as saying they have to get up at 7 as it is. These are children let's not try to make them old before their time. spookshowangel
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

matt4798 says...

fredflintstone1 wrote:
OceanAlana wrote:
Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school!
It seems a good idea to take "speaking and listening" out of your course if it means that you can concentrate a bit more on your writing skills.
Its not the fact that it is being removed, with more focus on writing - it's the fact that students who have already spent months doing the work, when it was still in the specification, might not be credited for it.
[quote][p][bold]fredflintstone1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OceanAlana[/bold] wrote: Basically us students aren't protesting just because of extended school hours, we're not that pathetic! We were protesting this morning because of the changes to the exam board an taking the speaking and listening exam out f English which we have already done course work on as obviously that course work and revision was a waste of our education and time! Yes some of us don't want extended school days or want our holidays cut! But at the end of the day it's our education were the ones having to put up with the changes that Michael Gove keeps making and I certainly don't want to have to take or have to work towards 8 A*- C GCSE's instead of five! All we wanted was to get our point across not just take the day off of school![/p][/quote]It seems a good idea to take "speaking and listening" out of your course if it means that you can concentrate a bit more on your writing skills.[/p][/quote]Its not the fact that it is being removed, with more focus on writing - it's the fact that students who have already spent months doing the work, when it was still in the specification, might not be credited for it. matt4798
  • Score: 2

11:04pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Natty13 says...

As long as the children involved know what's happening and what they are striking that's fine but how many of the younger kids have actually read up on the new proposals and how many just want a day off. From what my year nine daughter has told me whoever strikes today is excluded next week so more time off school. And that will probably be the same with tomorrow's. I'm fully behind the teachers strike but do think that the year 11s of all senior schools could have been given the option to go in school yesterday for catch up with their exams pending. Shoreham academy done this, did any other senior schools. Personally I wouldn't want to be a teacher.
As long as the children involved know what's happening and what they are striking that's fine but how many of the younger kids have actually read up on the new proposals and how many just want a day off. From what my year nine daughter has told me whoever strikes today is excluded next week so more time off school. And that will probably be the same with tomorrow's. I'm fully behind the teachers strike but do think that the year 11s of all senior schools could have been given the option to go in school yesterday for catch up with their exams pending. Shoreham academy done this, did any other senior schools. Personally I wouldn't want to be a teacher. Natty13
  • Score: 3

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