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Big changes to school hours could be coming in NSW. Here’s what parents need to know


The NSW Government is expected to trial a shake-up of the traditional 9am to 3pm school day.

Premier Dominic Perrottet on Monday said the state’s education system was outdated and that an overhaul was being considered to help families function better.

Watch the video above for more on the proposed overhaul

“The school hours of nine till three, that was set up at a very different time in life … the world in the 1950s is very different from the world we live in today,” the Premier said.

“We as a government will be looking always at better ways of doing things, of thinking outside the box and striking new directions moving forward.”

Premier Dominic Perrottet has flagged a “revolutionary” change to schooling in NSW. Credit: Getty Images

Schools will reportedly be able to apply to take part in a trial, which is likely to get underway in term three of this year.

It will see some schools stagger start and finish times to offer more flexibility for families and boost productivity, while also reducing traffic congestion on the state’s road.

Some schools have already mixed-up learning times to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Perrottet has warned that any changes are likely to take some time to implement.

“When something‘s been the same way for so long, decades upon decades … you can’t just overturn that overnight,” he said on Monday.

“But we want to try new things … there will be learnings from (the trials), and every school is different. You‘ve got so many elements, when you change the school hours you have to change the transport hours as well. It’s not going to be a one size fits all policy.

He added: “I want revolutionary ideas that trail blaze a new approach in our state.”

NSW could soon ditch the traditional 9am to 3pm school day.
NSW could soon ditch the traditional 9am to 3pm school day. Credit: Getty Images/

It comes as the NSW government launched the Women‘s Economic Opportunity Review Panel on Monday

The group has been tasked with finding new strategies to help women enter, re-enter and stay in the workforce ahead of the state Budget.

“I want revolutionary ideas that trail blaze a new approach for our state when it comes to women’s issues,” the premier said.

“I’ve said from the start, this is going to be a government focused on families, focused on parents, focused on household budgets.”

Source: 7News