Would starting school an hour later just create more problems?

Alarm clocks

A recent petition calling for schools to start an hour later sparked cynicism in me. At first. Surely everyone – students and teachers – would go to bed one hour later than normal, simply pushing the tiredness-in-class epidemic forward by an hour?

But after a little digging into research about sleep patterns and body clocks, I have to admit that the current one-size-fits-all school start time does begin to look anachronistic.

I asked myself: should schools become more flexible in order to optimise learning, exam performance and students’ mental and physical health? We know that, among other ...

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