On 11 February 2019, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on e-petition 229178 relating to secondary school opening hours. The debate will start at 4:30pm and will be led by Daniel Zeichner MP.

You can see the petition, School should start at 10am as teenagers are too tired, on the Petitions website. The petition stated that:

“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.”

The petition received over 179,000 signatures.

The Government responded to the petition:

“The decision on when to start the school day lies with individual schools. All schools have the autonomy to make decisions about the content, structure and duration of their school day.”

This debate pack pulls together news articles and further reading relevant to the debate.

  • Commons Debate Pack CDP-2019-0032
  • Authors: Alexander Bellis, Michael O'Donnell, Robert Long
  • Topics: Schools