I see the media, from newspaper headlines to the TV news, is trotting out the tired old myth that schools finish working at 3:30. This is described as 'Victorian' implying modernisation is needed... yet all it doe sit serve the purposes of government in demanding yet more from schools. 1. Schools do NOT finish at 3:30. They do not start at 9am. Every school I've worked in has had a breakfast club, feeding pupils who don't get meals at home. The libraries and ICT facilities are open first thing from 8am with kids doing their homework or catching up on missed work. After school so many activities are going on, from drama clubs/productions, sporting fixtures, library sessions and ICT catch ups, revision sessions for year 11 and 6th form. These can keep staff working from 8am to 5pm. Staff who aren't working with pupils will be in performance management meetings, year group meetings, department meetings, SLT planning meetings, engaged in CPD or online courses. 2. Then you have the work taken home. The marking, the planning, the controlled assessment that needs marking, then moderating. 3. When schools stay open longer, offering a great range of extra-curricular activities [which won't be extra-curricular but will be just curricular] then this saps time from pupils which would have been spent in the private sector. So the piano lessons are dropped because of time, the dance classes, the children's drama workshop at the local theatre because the school is demanding kids do extra-curricular with them for fear of Ofsted. This destroys the small local enterprise who work with young people through choice. 4. The government is putting extra money forward, bandying figures around in the billions, but once this money dries up those activities will still be expected to go on and on... just without the funding. The Junior Doctors went on strike when the government tried this cr.ap with them... I doubt teachers will. They'll just work longer, doing yet more stuff, more data keeping, more evidencing... and more and more of them will leave, realising you can't balance the job and a family anymore... and knowing which is easily the more valuable to your health and well being.