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NSW Government Trialing Extended School Hours To Help Working Families

The NSW Government is trialing a pilot program to extend the school day to better suit the needs of parents and students.

Eight schools across the state will take part in the trial during terms three and four.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the extra hours outside of the traditional 9 am to 3 pm would not extend teaching hours but rather utilise local organisations, businesses, and sporting clubs.

"We know it can be a challenge for families juggling the competing demands of work and family life around standard school hours, and this pilot is about exploring options to help with that," Mr Perrottet said on Wednesday.

"We want to offer greater support and comfort to parents, knowing that their kids are safe and happy taking part in a homework club in the school library, a dance class in the school hall, or soccer practice on the school oval.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said breakfast clubs, study centres, and fitness and art centres are already being used by students and their families to meet the needs of working parents better.

"The reality is that the traditional school day, like the 9 to 5 workday, is a 20th-century concept which may not be the best model for 21st-century families, schools, and the community," she said..

With AAP.