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Do You Agree With Homework?

Firstly, as a teacher I know how much time and effort staff put into setting and marking homework. Some parents believe they do not get enough whilst others think we should give our children less, especially in primary school.

This debate has been continuous. In 1998 the Government introduced guidelines of one hour per week for children 5-7 years old and half an hour a night for children 7-11. These were scrapped in 2012. The Education Endowment Foundation conducted research in July 2018; which looked at the impact of homework in both primary and secondary schools. Comparing it to the progress of children who were/were not receiving or completing homework in the same time frame. The research concluded that homework in primary schools only improved children’s abilities by two months. Whereas in secondary the improvement was a more impressive five months.

Where does this leave schools?

Schools are now left in a place where they often question how much to give while feeling the pressure from parents on both sides of the argument. Schools often ask teachers to set additional homework which adds to their already heavy workload. As a result, they are then sometimes faced with the wrath of parents who feel that the homework is not of sufficient quality or that it is taking away their child’s free time.

Benefits of homework

Personally, I think homework gives parents an overview of the work completed in school; allows older children a chance to be  independent learning and supports school topics. However, I believe, especially with younger children, that homework does not always help. The opportunity to play games, read for pleasure and learn good communication skills through talking to others can be just as beneficial. Another advantage of no homework is the free time to take part in sports, outside play, cooking or arts; things which are not always given adequate time in school.

As parents where do you stand on this matter? A number of vocal parent and celebrities has sparked a social media campaign with very mixed opinions.

Sadly, this is something that I sense we will debated long after I retire as a teacher; I just hope for our children’s sake it is resolved.

Growing Young Minds

At Growing Young Minds we do set weekly ‘self-study’ so called as we do not believe in going home to do more work but actually develop the skill and love of studying for yourself. This is a short task linked to the lesson work. We use it to allow children to practice the learning throughout the week but also as an assessment tool to see if they have understood last weeks skills or if we need to adjust our teaching for this week.

If you would like your child to learn the skill of self development why not give us a call and see how we can help – Contact us.

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