Primary school homework – who is it meant to benefit?

Another blog about homework in the primary setting?

Educating Brentwood

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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