SCHOOL break times have got shorter, and it’s damaging children.
Those are the findings of a study that looked at how school breaks and young people’s social lives have changed over 25 years. Data was studied from more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools.
The research showed that children aged five to seven have 45 minutes less play time each week than children of the same age in 1995, and pupils aged 11 to 16 have 65 minutes less.
Researchers also found that school kids are half as likely to meet up with friends outside school than in 2006.
Dr Ed Baines, from the UCL Institute of Education, who wrote the report, said: “Not only are break times an opportunity for children to get physical exercise – an issue of particular concern given the rise in obesity – but they provide valuable time to make friends and to develop important social skills.”
As well as having less time for breaks, the study also said nearly 60% of schools withhold breaks for poor behaviour or as time to complete work.
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