Scottish school drops homework

A primary 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, Scotland, have been urged instead to use the time they would have spent on homework to read books, magazines and comics.

Nearly 80% of pupils and 62% 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.


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  • November 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    This is a policy which is adopted among several local schools as well- my grade Seven sons have not received formal “homework” since beginning grade 4. The stance has been that the teachers facilitate effectively enough during class time to enable learners to complete and comprehend whatever is necessary during school time, and any work which is not completed during class can then be considered “homework.” Learners are generally so over- extended with studying and extramurals that it makes far more sense to have a system that supports classwork over homework, while adhering to the curriculum.


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