Experts today praised a London school where lessons start at 10am saying it can help boost grades and reduce levels of depression and self-harm.
Yes, I’m sure it can. Until they try to find a job keeping those hours…
Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience (Ed: !!) at Oxford University, said more schools should take account of the fact that teenagers have a biological pre-disposition to go to bed later and get up later.
Should they? I mean..why? It might be the only discipline some of these students ever encounter.
Professor Foster, of Brasenose College Oxford, said: “It would help teenagers if they started school later, but it must be in parallel with giving them education about why sleep is important or there is a danger they will just go to bed later and later.
“Bedrooms are a place of entertainment and teenagers text and play computer games into the early hours. They don’t have any clear guidance about the importance of sleep… we have to take note of the biology of teenagers and where we can accommodate a later start time we should.”
And when they leave and try to find work, it’s going to come as an awful shock to the poor lambs to find that employers aren’t so accommodating.