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The Headteacher: Homework should be fun, not a chore

Steve Woodhouse, executive headteacher of Bishop Wilton CE Primary School

Steve Woodhouse, executive headteacher of Bishop Wilton CE Primary School

  • by Steve Woodhouse
 

Parents all over the country will have a torrid time tonight, or even tomorrow morning, trying to encourage their children to complete their homework. The question is, is it worthwhile and what do children really gain from completing it?

Homework has been a contentious subject for many years. Under guidelines, introduced by Labour in 1998, primary schools were told to set an hour of homework a week for children aged five to seven, rising to half an hour a night for seven to eleven-year-olds. While the rules were not statutory, teachers came under pressure to follow them.

More recently, Michael Gove scrapped the guidance and passed the homework decision making back to headteachers. Thank you Mr Gove.

Many teachers use homework to give children the opportunity to practise and reinforce the skills they have been acquiring in school.

Read Steve’s full column in this week’s (10 July) people’s paper.

 

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