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Early to rise is just not a good way to start the day

By Jane Graham

A school in Tyneside has seen impressive results from their experiment on the effect of longer lie-ins for teenagers, with students apparently working and behaving better during a school day which begins at 10am instead of 9am.



I really hope that by the time my kids go to secondary school, the hours have shifted in their favour.

Personally, I’ve always resented the UK’s commitment to a 9 to 5 work/school day.

I’ve always seen it as a joyless, almost Calvinist, approach to life.

To insist that we drag ourselves out of bed when it’s often still dark, when many of us feel miserable, groggy and bloody knackered, and then make us work straight through until home-time without an endorphin-triggering siesta. It’s an approach which reflects so many of our core values — working hard, struggling up the social ladder, fretting about owning a big house, elbowing our children into the best schools — and explains why those values make us one of the most miserable, penny-pinching, heart attack-prone nations in the world.

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