Magazine article Times Educational Supplement


Magazine article Times Educational Supplement


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Late start means pupils are on time

Delaying the start of the school day by 45 minutes results in improved time-keeping among students, a new study shows.

Pamela Thacher and Serge Onyper, from St Lawrence University in New York, collected sleep data from pupils at a high school that had introduced a later start time. They found that pupils' amount of sleep remained the same.

However, the delayed start to the school day did mean that fewer pupils were late to school. The academics concluded that changes to academic performance, attendance and alertness would only occur if pupils used the later start time to sleep for longer each night.

State students find Oxbridge tougher

Despite efforts to widen access to Oxbridge, private-school pupils still find it much easier to adjust to life at a traditional Cambridge college than pupils from state schools, academics say.

Clara Perez-Adamson and Neil Mercer, from the University of Cambridge, interviewed 20 of the university's students to find out how well they felt their secondary education had prepared them for the educational and social demands of an elite university. …

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