Instead of debating just the length of the school day, what about shortening the week? This article presents the benefits of a four day school week. Personally, I like the idea of using the fifth day for sporting events, catch up sessions as well as providing it as a 'free day' to allow for medical appointments and other engagements. Definitely an option to be considered in high schools!
Perhaps it isn't the length of the school day that needs to be extended, but rather the number of days students attend school each year. This article compares America to a number of other countries. As the author explains, there are a lot of factors to consider, but adding extra days to the school calendar will add more learning time without the immediate exhaustion of a longer day.
This article looks at altering the school day to suit teenager (and adult) sleeping patterns. Whilst it may not focus directly on the length of time students are spending in the classroom, they may participate in more effective learning if they are more refreshed from a good quality sleep.
Here is a real life example showing how one county extended its school hours by a small amount each day. It is interesting to understand how and why they felt the change needed to made, and how the small increase in school contact hours has the potential for long term higher achievement. This resource is perfect if your school is considering extending its hours, but is lacking implementation strategies.
It may come as no surprise that younger children may benefit from a shorter day. This article offers some valuable insight and evidence from countries in Asia and Finland who offer a greater playtime to their little ones. Take this advice and try and implement more games-based learning into your lessons.
An interesting article that delves into how valuable extra time at school can be. Whilst there is plenty of debate surrounding starting and finishing times, this article focuses on what can be done during extra hours in order to make the time useful. As teachers, perhaps we should focus less on the length of the school day and more on what is achieved in a day.