Scrolling through the news headlines as I munched toast and slurped teat at 9:30 this morning, I read that schools are contemplating the introduction of a later start time in order to accommodate teenagers’ body clocks. Yes, a serious suggestion.
The idea was originally tried at Hampton Court House, a private school in Surrey, where earlier in the year they began to allow sixth formers to start lessons in the afternoon. So successful and popular was the idea that more schools are now planning to push back start times to 10 am to give teenagers a extra hour in bed.
While the body clock justification for this initiative might be scientifically accurate or complete bollocks we say idea is good. Teenagers may or may not need more sleep. Neuroscientist Dean Burnett has carried out research which suggests they do. Others however say the idea is just pandering to late nights on the iPad.
Having steered our offspring through the difficult years however we Boggart Bloggers say it is unreasonable to expect sixth formers to be in school by nine when they often don’t get home from a gig or rave until ten – thirty.