A new study has concluded that children who take their shoes off at school perform and behave better. The study conducted by the UK’s Bournemouth University looked at children from 25 countries over 10 years showed that children who remove their shoes are more likely to arrive at school earlier, leave later and read more widely.

“Children are much more willing to sit on the floor and relax if they have no shoes on. The last place a child would sit to read is an upright chair, and we’ve found that 95 percent of them don’t read on a chair at home. When they go on holidays they read lying down,” said Professor Stephen Heppell, who led the research.