Ofsted’s annual report has revealed that more than a third of parents think homework is unhelpful for primary school children, stating that it can be ‘a huge cause of stress’ for many families.
The survey, which questioned more than 300 parents across the UK, also found that 12% agreed homework was not helpful in secondary school either.
Instead, almost three quarters of parents believe prep undertaken during school hours – allowing pupils time to plan and prepare for lessons through research and other activities – would be a preferred alternative to homework.
For children with special education needs or disabilities, the report suggests homework can also be detrimental to their health as it can be ‘overwhelming’ and damaging to their self-esteem.
In September 2016, a school in Essex hit the headlines after it announced it was going to ban all homework, allowing teachers more time to plan lessons.
So, what are the arguments for and against?
- • First things first, it can help support students’ learning. Practice makes perfect
- • It can help teach children how to work independently and encourage personal discipline
- • It allows parents and guardians to get involved with their child’s learning
- • However, it is important to strike a balance between homework and other extra-curricular activities
Where do you sit on the hot topic of homework? We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below.