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Primary school bans homework after pupils and parents voted to read books

Primary school bans homework after pupils and parents voted to read books Science & Technology World Website

Aprimary school has scrapped homework after the move was backed in a poll by parents and pupils.

Children at the 193-pupil Inverlochy Primary School in Fort William have been urged instead to use the time they would have spent on homework to read books, magazines and comics.

Nearly 80 per cent of pupils and 62 per cent of parents supported the move at the Highland school, while the 10 teachers were split down the middle.

The school carried out a six-week trial last year during which pupils were given no homework so that they had more time to play.

Pupils were then sent home with slips that asked their parents to respond with a simple “yes” or “no” to a no-homework policy.

One father, Barry Hutchison, 38, a children’s author, said homework stressed pupils and their parents. 

He added: “Kids have so many things outside school, like clubs. They just need time to be kids.”

Mr Hutchison, whose daughter attends the school, said parents who wanted to give their children homework could find material online.

Susan Campbell, 30, whose eight-year-old son is a pupil, also voted for the change. She said: “It takes up a lot of time and quite often he has after-school clubs and things like that and it can be left until 8pm at night. 

“He should be going to bed but instead we’re sitting doing homework with him. He’s really not that responsive at that time of night. 

“So we voted ‘no’ and we’ll do reading with him instead.”

Last month King’s Road Primary in Rosyth, Fife, scrapped homework, leading to complaints from parents that they had not been consulted.

A spokesman for EIS, the teachers’ union, said: “It is important that all pupils develop their abilities to study independently and homework is one, but not the only, method of supporting this type of independent learning.”



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