Paris pupils could get extra hour in bed

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If you feel sleepy in your morning lessons, spare a thought for pupils in France. They start school an hour earlier than we do!

But that could be changing as the French Minister for Education has agreed to consider giving teenagers an extra hour in bed.

High School (known as Lycée) classes currently start at 8am, but this could push back to 9am in an experiment that would affect older teenagers at school in parts of Paris.

Valérie Pécresse, the regional president in charge of the Ile-de-France area of the French capital, tweeted the Education Minister with the suggestion, saying that later start times would improve students' health and their school performance.

But it will only be pupils aged between 15 and 18 who get an extra lie-in.

Many experts believe that teens need more sleep, and think that hormones in their changing brains could be to blame for their tiredness. These same hormones change teenagers' natural sleep cycle, meaning they don't get tired until later at night, and then want to sleep later in the mornings.

What would you like to change about your school hours? Would you like extra sleep, or would you prefer to start and finish earlier? Do you think it's fair that teenagers get the late start or should the new rule apply to all Lycée students?

Let us know by commenting below!


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  • Comment number 8. Posted by turquoise teeny turtle

    12 Jan 2019 19:53
    :o I'm so jealous! haha
  • Comment number 7. Posted by EmeraldKitty

    12 Jan 2019 17:23
    Everyone should get to go to school an hour later! (In France, I mean!)
  • Comment number 6. Posted by Hope

    12 Jan 2019 16:44
    I think it is A Brilliant Idea!

    ( I agree they should get a another hour in Bed ) Like if you Agree! :)
  • Comment number 5. Posted by happytrampoliningchocolatewaffle

    12 Jan 2019 9:54
    Maybe it should be half an hour
  • Comment number 4. Posted by U17373337

    11 Jan 2019 19:54
    Recently in northern Ireland
  • Comment number 3. Posted by TheFandomGirl

    11 Jan 2019 16:33
    I disagree
  • Comment number 2. Posted by TheFandomGirl

    11 Jan 2019 16:33
    I definitely agree! I think this should happen here in London too.
    People don't understand how tired teenagers, such as I, feel at school
    I can't usually fall asleep until at least midnight, and then I have to wake up at 6 to 6:30 for school
    It's honestly not fair
    Especially if you have depression, which makes you feel even more tired
    People are usually against this because they say we'll have less lesson time
    But to be honest, I think having an hour more sleep will allow me to concentrate more
    So I'll probably learn more than id learn on a usual school day
    It would also help with the traffic
  • Comment number 1. Posted by violetrosemermaid

    11 Jan 2019 8:09
    I don't think the teenagers should as it isn't fair on the rest of the school and if they get a lie in then they won't learn how to get up early on a morning and if they finish at the same time then they won't do as much school as the other children. Like if you agree

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