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By Fiona Reid
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Views needed again on school changes

PARENTS, pupils, teachers and even employers are going to be asked again for their views on a 4.5 day school week.

Dumfries and Galloway Council are preparing to do another round of consultation on the plan to finish teaching at midday on Fridays.

Councillors ordered officials to go back out after criticising the last consultation for not being wide reaching enough.

They expressed views that there was not enough awareness locally about the proposals.

Education bosses are now outlining what they plan to do this time in a report for councillors.

It reveals that the fresh consultation period will run regionwide from June to September and ‘consist of a blend of focus groups, community conversations, and questionnaires with different approaches chosen to suit the convenience and prioritisation of different key

stakeholders’.

There will be tailored questionnaires for children and young people, as well as parents and staff. There will also be a generic questionnaire open to all.

The report states: “This blended approach, will provide for stakeholders’ voices to be heard and rich data for analysing the views of different stakeholders.

“The feedback from all key stakeholders will be gathered, analysed and made available on our website and sent to contributors.”

The outcomes will be taken back to councillors in October so they can decide how to proceed.

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