Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

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Forcing teenagers to wake up early could cause mental and public health issues, said the headmaster of the first British school to delay lessons until the afternoon. Hampton Court House, a private school in Surrey, introduced a new timetable for sixth-formers in September 2014, in light of research showing that teenagers have a "biological disposition to going to bed late and getting up late". Guy Holloway said this week that teenagers who woke up for a traditional starting time were "chronically sleep deprived", adding: "The cards really are stacked against them because they are overriding nature by getting up early in the morning, in order to be on time for school."

According to businesses, the odds are stacked against teenagers in more ways than just their biological clocks. A survey of more than 3,500 business and education leaders shows that 69 per cent believe secondary schools are not doing enough to prepare young people for the world of work. The poll, published by the British Chambers of Commerce, shows that 78 per cent of respondents believe schools should teach students interview techniques and how to conduct themselves in interviews. …

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