A school which radically changed its learning hours, sending students home at lunchtime 'to capture their peak learning time' has reported amazing results.
Merrylands East Primary School (MEPS) in Sydney's western suburbs begins its classes at 8am and has back-to-back classes, plus a 30-minute break, until 1.15pm.
The Queensland University of Technology conducted a two-year study and found the restructured day has had 'a tremendous impact'.
'They particularly found that the engagement has risen in the boys and is consistent for the girls,' Principal John Goh told Radio National, adding students were more engaged and found learning more enjoyable.
A homework centre operates from 1.15pm to 3pm to help working parents.
Mr Goh also introduced new classroom layouts and increased the use of technology.
'We have minimal furniture. Not every child has a chair or a table because we know children don't always learn best at a desk,' he said.
The furniture includes round tables, booths and bean bags to allow for a range of different work behaviours.
Queensland University of Technology's Professor Linda Graham said: The teachers report far fewer kids getting into trouble due to lunchtime argy-bargy and they are not tired and emotional in that relatively useless last session of the day.
'The children have more time to play and be with their family.'
I would love to do something like this!
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