A motion at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference discusses the question of whether homework should be abolished. Union leader Mary Bousted said the difficulty of completing homework could set up a cycle of resistance to school in children from poorer homes.
I think it sets up a cycle of resistance to school because they don’t have access to the cultural and emotional and learning support which middle-class children can get.
The government says that homework is not compulsory but it is encouraged as a key part of the learning process. Its guidelines for schools in England say children should be doing homework from the day they start school, rising from one hour a week at five, to 90 to 150 minutes a day at 16. They say 10 and 11-year-olds should be doing half an hour of homework every day.
What do you think – did/does homework help you or did it just depress you, cause more grief for the teachers?