wellness These schools are moving to a four-day week and different hours. So how do parents feel about it? Nicole Madigan

But with the ‘time off’ designed, in theory, for home learning, this creates another set of issues for children whose parents can’t manage the changes.

Corinda State High School, one of several schools to have flagged a trial of the four-day week, said in its proposal to the school community that students would be expected to “work on school work” on their day off.

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus principal Mick Leigh emailed parents with a similar plan, with Wednesday indicated as the chosen day off because “Mondays have a lot of public holidays” and “Friday may not be as useful for providing access to campus”.

Mr Leigh also indicated the day would be spent on “independent learning”.

Response from parents has been mixed, with many supporting the notion of flexible learning, but only if their employers took the same approach.

“I can’t see how this would work. Yes, it’s better for the kids and more in line with my education philosophies, but working parents cannot sustain with without employer support, so the whole business world would need to change,” said mum Vicky Eckersly when asked her thoughts about the changes.

Fellow mother Kira Trow agrees. “I don’t see employers nationwide making changes to a four-day week. It’s going to be a difficult choice for parents. Maybe they’re trying to push us further into a recession, because parents can’t work as much and might have to make a choice to leave their job because they don’t have care for their child.”