Despite concerns about some children having
homework, research still supports its importance - and doing it regularly and conscientiously can help your child do better. A study called the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education project, compared 14 year olds who did homework with those who did not. The homework group were nearly one national curriculum level higher in maths, three-quarters of a level higher in science and more than half a level higher in English at key stage 3. Homework allows your child to practise and expand skills learned in school and use resources at home, at libraries and elsewhere. It involves you in their education and also teaches them responsibility for their own learning, time management and encourages independence. Some schools operate a homework diary or information on their website. Support is usually available at school for pupils who find homework difficult, such as lunchtime or after school homework clubs. If you feel your child is getting the wrong type of homework for their age – or if it’s simply boring – talk to the teacher.