Submitted by Hannah Kidner on Monday 24th September 2018
Published on Thursday 4th October 2018
Current status: Closed
Closed: Thursday 4th April 2019
School should start at 10am as teenagers are too tired
Teenagers are so tired due to having to wake up very early to get to school. The Government should require secondary schools to start later, which will lead to increased productivity at school.
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The Government responded to this petition on Friday 22nd March 2019
The Department has no plans to require secondary schools to start later. The decision on when to start the school day lies with individual schools.
The government has given all schools the ability to set their own school hours so all schools have the autonomy to make decisions about the content, structure and duration of their school day, including the flexibility to decide when their school day should start and finish. In light of this, the Department has no plans to require secondary schools to start later. We trust head teachers to decide how best to structure their school day to support their pupils’ education.
There are no specific legal requirements about how long the school day should be. Governing bodies of all maintained schools in England are responsible for deciding when morning and afternoon sessions should begin and end on each school day
Academy and free school funding agreements state that the duration of the school day is the responsibility of the academy trust. In the event that a school decides to make changes to its school day, it is our expectation that the school should consider the impact on those affected – including pupils, teachers, and parents’ work commitments and childcare options.
Department for Education.
This is a revised response. The Petitions Committee requested a response which more directly addressed the request of the petition. You can find the original response towards the bottom of the petition page (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/229178)
This petition was debated in Parliament on Monday 11th February 2019
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