Julia Belgutay

Open all hours?

A principal has mooted making the college day resemble work shifts – but is this the best way to prepare students for the world of work?

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A few months ago, I spoke to a college principal who, having recently joined the sector, shared his concerns about how the college day was simply not similar enough to what people would find in the workplace.

There must be a way, he mused, to mirror working hours to make sure students were well prepared for work. He went on to suggest this could mean not only an almost shift-like pattern to classes with early starts where required, but also changes to the academic year structure, leading to shorter holidays.

This week, however, we tell the tale of three colleges that have made significant ...

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