Headteacher suspended after parent backlash over school’s controversial ‘no homework’ policy

The Telegraph reports that Catherine Huntley, principal of Philip Morant School and College, has been suspended whilst an investigation takes place into parents’ concerns and to “establish the facts of the situation”.  

Nardeep Sharma, chief executive officer of Thrive Partnership Academy Trust, which runs Philip Morant and the Colne Community School and College, has also been suspended.

Two MPs, Will Quince, for Colchester and Bernard Jenkin, for Harwich and North Essex, wrote to the Education Secretary, asking for an urgent review of the governance arrangements at the schools and the Trust.  

“In recent weeks and months we have been contacted by parents raising concerns over bullying, support for their children with Special Educational Needs as well as the implementation of a ‘no homework’ policy at Philip Morant,” the letter said.

Philip Morant announced it was going to abolish homework in September 2016, with Ms Hutley saying she accepted the move would be controversial but was “genuinely excited” and was convinced students would benefit.

Earlier this year, The Telegraph revealed how parents were in open revolt at the policy, complaining that it would lead to a generation of children “flunking” their exams.

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  1. wasateacher

    There are arguments for and against homework (at secondary):
    For: It encourages independent working; it encourages reflection on what was taught during that day;
    Against: Homework set because homework should be set is often pointless; it can discriminate against pupils who have limited or no suitable places to study.

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