I'm interested in people's views on this topic. Our school have recently begun a consultation process on moving to a 33 period week. This would involve having 7 periods three days of the week and 6 on the other days. The rationale behind this idea is that it will a) free up spare minutes making more teachers eligible for please takes, thereby saving the school money from the supply budget; b) allow compulsary PE to be re-introduced in S5/6; c) allow more contacts with Maths and English in S1/2 (at the expense of contacts in other subjects). There is opposition to this idea in my department at least, mostly I think because this 'consultation' is looking more and more like a fait accompli. I know that East Ren for one work from this model so if there's anyone out there with some first hand knowledge of how it works I'd love to hear from you. What is the benefit to the pupils? Or is the major benefit in slashing the school's supply costs?