Fitness & Health, PE

Boosting exam results – there’s a nap for it

sleeping teenagerCan physical fitness improve academic achievement? Would teenagers do better in their exams if they could sleep in and start school later?

These questions will be part of a multi-million pound research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to investigate a variety of ways neuroscience might improve teaching and learning in the UK.

One of the six approved projects, Fit to study,will look at the effect of medium to high cardiovascular activity on academic attainment, using brain imaging to investigate the correlation between them.

In another of the studies, thousands of teenagers are to get an extra hour in bed in a trial to see whether later school start times can boost GCSE results.

University of Oxford researchers say teenagers start functioning properly two hours later than older adults.

A trial tracking nearly 32,000 GCSE pupils in more than 100 schools will assess whether a later school start leads to higher grades.

Another of the six approved projects, Fit to study,will look at the effect of medium to high cardiovascular activity on academic attainment, using brain imaging to investigate the correlation between them.

Source: Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

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