Category: Homework

Poor homework policies in state primaries come home to roost

Poor homework policies in state primaries come home to roost

It infuriates children and often irritates parents. Many teachers can do without it and progressive educationalists want it abolished. But homework for primary school children is important – and the pandemic has shown just why. Before Covid came it was the case that most state primary children were not being taught to be independent learners.…

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Homework should reinforce learning

Homework should reinforce learning

With World Mental Health Day taking place this week, the focus has quite rightly been on how we look after ourselves and others. As part of this, the Department for Education published its first State of the Nation report on children and young people’s wellbeing. The report highlighted that teenage girls who do six or more hours…

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Time to give children more credit

Time to give children more credit

A study of 5,000 children has shown pupils’ mental wellbeing is not affected by taking the 11+ exam – and this does not surprise me in the least. The University College London (UCL) research also showed that children report similar levels of wellbeing and school satisfaction regardless of whether they attend grammar school or live in…

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Setting the right type of homework and engaging parents are key to educational success

Setting the right type of homework and engaging parents are key to educational success

Once again the UK has come out low in international education standings – this time in how much participation parents play in their children’s homework. According to a report released by the Varkey Foundation last week, a mere 11% of UK parents spend at least an hour every day helping their children with their homework…

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