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High school gives teenagers a lie-in to improve results

2 September 2011 Last updated at 09:12 BST

A high school in North Tyneside is letting teenagers lie in, in an effort to help with their education.

For the last year, students at Monkseaton High School have started their lessons an hour later and the head teacher says exam results have improved dramatically.

Dr Paul Kelley said teenagers "don't function very well" in the morning and their need to sleep later is "biological".

"They really have to get up later and go to sleep later because it's all part of puberty," he added.

People in Newcastle had mixed reactions to the idea.