Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/05/2014. Tags: Parenting Teachers Secondary School News
In an interesting experiment in the UK, sixth years students in the Hampton Court House School
are to have the school hours changed to cater for teenage sleeping patterns. From September next, they will start their day at 1.30pm and finish at 7pm.
The Principal has said that the idea is based on research which indicates that teenagers
have a biological predisposition to go to bed later and get up later. By changing their attendance hours, the Principal believes that they can get the students in to an “environment where they can get quality sleep and their bodies are functioning well.” He believes this will improve their cognition and productivity.
The students will additionally benefit from reduced journey times as they will be travelling to and from school outside of the normal rush hour.
The ideas has met with some scepticism from other educational establishments who have raised concerns about how students would then cope with getting up early in later life.
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Brilliant idea! I've been discussing this with friends recently and as a mother of a teenager who is really struggling with different aspects of secondary school, think it would be wonderful if we could avail of it here. It's already up and running in some schools in Canada and USA but like a lot of other things I suppose it'll be ages before it's even an idea here!