Jonathan Taylor

Headteacher, North Bridge House Canonbury


Later starts for Sixth Formers: A case study

Evaluating the impact of a later start time for Sixth Formers at my school, alongside the wider research context on the issue of later school start times more generally. This session would develop the themes in my recent TES piece ‘Why it makes perfect sense allow teenagers a lie in and a later start’. Our school introduced this initiative following consultation with Dr Paul Kelly and the Teensleep Foundation. The body of evidence that it is beneficial is vast and growing – despite the recent findings of the Surrey/Harvard research. My talk would thus present the contextual research in conjunction with the results emanating from my own school, thereby fusing broad academic research with an individual case study.


Jonathan is currently Head of an Independent Senior School in Islington, prior to which he was Head of an international school in China. Having taught in state, independent and international education for nearly twenty years, he has a broad understanding of educational themes and contexts. Jonathan holds an MSc in Educational Leadership and writes regularly for the national and educational press on issues relating to teenagers.