News: PM Only Lessons Accommodate Teen Body Clocks

A private sixth-form school (pupils aged 16-18) in Surrey, England, is to begin lessons at 1.30pm each day to allow student to sleep in the mornings, reports the BBC.

[pullquote]Significant impact on teenage cognition”[/pullquote]Hampton Court House, in East Molesey, said the change to 13:30 from the usual time of 09:00 will be more productive and less stressful for students. Lessons will finish at 7pm.  The Headmaster added that scientific evidence had shown that many did not sleep sufficiently during the week, causing a “significant impact on teenage cognition and mental and physical health generally”.

In the article, Professor Cappuccio from the University of Warwick Medical School, said Hampton Court House’s move was a “courageous decision” which would be likely to “maximise their learning experience in a 24/7 society”.

“This is a worthy natural experiment and it would be of interest to compare the results of this cohort of pupils with those of previous years,” he added.


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