Some, and I am sure many student readers, are very keen for this to become reality, but there may be a simpler, even more convenient option to hand for our students of the 21st century. A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science has found that people who work from home are "happier and more productive". So, rather than doing all your learning within school time, it is done as and when students please from home.
This ideal isn't an impossible task. At Hampstead, every teacher has their own school email, there are online learning resources for mostly all subjects taught in KS4 and KS5, such as BBC Bitesize, as well as numerous workbooks and guides that students are being given in lieu of exams. If you would imagine, for a second, this scenario:
A student, on a Monday, is emailed a week's worth of work from each teacher, whether it be written, listening, research, you name it, which they have until Friday to complete. It is then up to them as to when they complete the work, and how much. The teachers take in the work on the Friday, and have it marked for the following week. Students who complete all the work will get the grades, which will be a true show of their work ethic to prospective employers, and the complacent will fail and not meet their aspirations.
The LSE study does, however, say that the happiest employees are "those who can work partially from home and partially in the office. They report the highest levels of work/life satisfaction because they can juggle personal responsibilities yet are not socially isolated", so it may be that on one day a week, you are free to come to school to socialise with peers, meet if you are part of a collective for a project, and ask teachers' advice on any work.
Another thing to touch on is the placement of school within the day. Thanks to the Society of Lycanthropic Twats the school day now starts 8:35 in the morning, meaning some students have to awake at 5:00 in the morning, or earlier, just to get in the door on time. This is, of course, is depriving them of one thing that teenagers need in excessive quantities: sleep. A study by the Bradley Hasbro Research Centre has found that a later start for students improves sleep, as well as functioning in the day. Quoting the article, it says that "Sleep deprivation is epidemic among adolescents, with potentially serious impacts on mental and physical health, safety and learning. Early high school start times contribute to this problem," and that "Most teenagers undergo a biological shift to a later sleep-wake cycle, which can make early school start times particularly challenging."
In the study, that tested the functions of teenage students with different rising times, Dr. Boergers found that "Daytime sleepiness, depressed mood and caffeine use were all significantly reduced after the delay in school start time. The later school start time had no effect on the number of hours students spent doing homework, playing sports or engaging in extracurricular activities."
In light of this research we have found that, in fact, late starts are better for students, and more independent working generates happier, more functional students.
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