Scottish Borders Council plans to introduce a new school week across the region of four and a half days instead of five full days.
The system, currently used by several other local authority areas in Scotland, is designed to “make more efficient use of resources” by reducing staff costs and bringing timetables into alignment.
It means moving all primary and secondary schools in the region to an ‘asymmetric week’ from August 2014.
Glenn Rodger, SBC’s director of education and lifelong learning, explained: “The financial challenges facing the council are well known. It is recognised that there will be a significant reduction in budgets for both primary and secondary education in the years ahead.
“Moving to an asymmetric week would not only provide a platform for a more efficient service but will also enable better planning and preparation for school improvements. It would mean teachers would have the time to plan and implement curriculum changes, and all head teachers within the authority are in support of such a move.”
SBC has agreed to consult with parents, staff and other stakeholders on the impact of the changes.
The consultation will take place in January and February. The findings will be reported to the council in March.