School clubs are vital for working parents

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I think school breakfast clubs are an excellent idea.

About thirty per cent of working parents wouldn’t be able to do their jobs properly otherwise.

I’m all for after-school clubs too for exactly the same reason.

Not particularly because I think children should be spending longer in the classroom but because in this day and age of two working parents being the norm, it is ludicrous to expect folk either to sacrifice their own careers or annoying their bosses by darting in and out of the office in order to fetch and carry their children in the middle six hours of the day.

I know teachers do a lot of work outside current classroom hours so I am not suggesting they are lazy.

But surely it is just as easy to mark homework, prepare lessons and set exams from a desk at a school where before or after-school club children are amusing themselves quietly than it is to dash home at 3pm to do it.

R Bennett

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