Paul Kirby lives in Oxfordshire in England. He is a Visiting Professor at the LSE and Non-Executive Director at the Cabinet Office in the UK Government. His career included being a partner at KPMG and Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit. All opinions and views expressed on this blog are personal. Paul tweets at @paul1kirby


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  1. Congratulations and kudos on stepping right into the political blogosphere firing line. As you weather the inevitable torrent of criticism that usually accompanies such forays of unconventional idea pedaling I’m reminded of the wise words of old “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” All I can think is the bathwater must have gone to your head…..

  2. Hi Paul, I think your idea of extending school hours is one of the worst I have ever heard. You clearly don’t know anything about kids and right to a family life means nothing to you. I work night shifts most of the week and day shifts 3 out of four weekends. So if your proposals become reality, I will see my kids few hours a month, please explain how is that beneficial to anyone? I’m sorry but you are completely out of touch with reality. Do you actually understand that you are talking about real children and families and not just numbers and statistics? Surely you can come up with something better, this is simply a bad idea. I’m all up for raising the quality of education but this is not the way to go.
    With Regards.
    Radomir Kos

  3. hi
    Personally i believe that your idea to extend school hours is appalling have you thought of the children ? . I believe that the longer spent in school the less you will remember for example if a child has a revision lesson first and after that has say 6 more lessons by the end of the day lots of the stuff taught in the first lesson would have been forgotten. As well as that there is a safety issue if children are leaving school at 5 in the winter it will be dark and most parents are not comfortable with there children out in the dark or on a bus . Another reason is most bus time tables change later on in the day so travelling home would become a challenge .
    yours sincerely a very angry student

  4. “But the role schools play in our national and family life is far too important to leave to teachers.”
    So who would you leave the education of our children to – lying and cheating politians perhaps? (and look and the mess successive governments of either colour have made of our education system)

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