Primary school homework – who is it meant to benefit?

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I have had a long association with education, both professionally and as a parent, and I have developed a strong opinion on setting homework for young children. As a former teacher, you may be surprised to learn that I have always been against extensive formal homework for children at primary school level.

The schools that I taught in did not set formal homework at this level. In fact, the first school that I taught in actively discouraged the setting of any homework at all. Despite this, pupils in its classes went on to do extremely well at secondary school and further education. The lack of homework did not harm them in any way.
Young boy doing homework
Indeed I am not the only one who feels this way. Professor John Hattie, a leading expert on student achievement, found little evidence to support the link between academic success and homework at a young age. This…

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1 Response to Primary school homework – who is it meant to benefit?

  1. Some excellent points very well made, I too have witnessed homework being set for the sake of setting homework. How any primary school can insist on Teachers setting homework to children outside of Y6 when there is such a void in research to support its use is concerning. When you look at research conducted by Soloman et al (2002) and Dettmers et al (2009) it is very contradictory. I however understand the use of homework in Y6 as a tool for preparing children for the step up to secondary school.

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