The school day

11th February 2005 at 00:00
Did you know?

* Experts disagree on the optimum time for schooling. Some say children learn best in the mornings. Others argue that brain activity peaks in the afternoon

* At Burnage high school in Manchester, the school day has been restructured so lessons finish at lunchtime. The incidence of bad behaviour has fallen by half

* At Queen's Park community school in the London borough of Brent, lunch is served at 11.10am

* The DfES recommends schools provide between 21 and 24 hours' teaching a week. But they are free to organise the day as they wish

* In Germany, the school day often ends at 1pm, while in France and Spain lessons can continue until 4.30pm

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